Top 5 of 2018

Here we are again; end of another year of travels with my art... really must think of a new name for this! Another great year of art, with old favourites and new artists arriving at art galleries I made my way to.  With visits to Oslo, Belgium, Berlin and Vienna, this year, there were more … Continue reading Top 5 of 2018

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Pierre Bonnard … War Artist?

For some reason, Pierre Bonnard always leaves me a little cold, despite the vibrant colour. His works are everywhere, always sitting alongside works by Matisse, Vulliard, Gauguin yet, I find myself giving them a cursory view before moving on. I think it is because of the subjects: Small vignettes of domestic life but nothing startling, … Continue reading Pierre Bonnard … War Artist?

Happy birthday Mr Nevinson!

Born on this day in 1889, CRW Nevinson never fails to surprise me. Last week, in Ghent, I stumbled across this work: Titled The Strafing and painted in 1916, this is an exquisite example of the paintings Nevinson made 'unofficially' about the war befire his appointment as an official war artist. Nevinson did not fight … Continue reading Happy birthday Mr Nevinson!

Nevinson reaches dizzy heights

https://amp.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/oct/30/first-world-war-painting-expected-to-reach-up-to-1m-at-sothebys Can just imagine Nevinson's delight at this piece of news "About bloody time!" you can hear him cry! Mind you, as lovely as this is, I still love our Column on the March at the BMaG http://www.bmagic.org.uk/objects/1988P105 And we all know how much I adore La Mitrailleuse!

La Mitrailleuse as muse

When your favourite band decide to pay tribute to your favourite war painting and produce a video to compliment the musique concrete on offer, well it would be rude not to include it in the blog! Yesterday, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark released a track from their forthcoming album, The Punishment of Luxury (named after … Continue reading La Mitrailleuse as muse

Cornelia Parker’s War Room 2015

Just watching BBC2's, Britain at War: Imperial War Museum at 100, and Cornelia Parker revisits her installation of War Room at The Whitworth in Mancester. Having stood in the centre of this room, it is unbelievably moving to be gazing on what is essentially missing: the poppy itself.  This symbol of remembrance is ingrained on … Continue reading Cornelia Parker’s War Room 2015

Claggett Wilson – War Artist

Reading this article in the New York Times revealed a large gap in my art history knowledge of America:  http://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/01/05/arts/design/review-world-war-i-the-quick-the-dead-the-artists.html I've been reading a lot about the Ashcan Group, the Precisionists, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art, but seemed to have totally missed the War art produced by a range of American artists.  One, whose work … Continue reading Claggett Wilson – War Artist

Paul Nash -Totes Meer

The past couple of weeks has seen a growing interest in Paul Nash's work on my part.  I was delighted to discover today that Tate Britain will be holding an extensive retrospective of his work late next year. I've just finished a really good exploration of both Nash brothers by Paul Gough: Brothers in Arms … Continue reading Paul Nash -Totes Meer