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About Alice Mansfield

A graduate of the Slade, Alice has painted and written about art all her life. With her children now having now grown up and departed the nest, she recently took up sculpture. More Posts

Museum trips: British Museum and Foundling Museum

Yesterday our art course teacher organised a tour to the Sir John Soane, the British and the Foundling Museum. On arrival at the Sir John Soane we discovered it was closed on a Tuesday.  Normally one might be annoyed but we like our teacher so and – let’s face it – she is neither [...]

February 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Art of Presenting

As in sport the way the subject in art is presented is all.  Too highbrow and technical, you lose your  audience – too low-brow and you have not added value. I believe that enthusiasm is key and being over opinionated off-limits. I have already commented that I believe Mary Beard to be a [...]

February 12, 2020 // 0 Comments

Picasso and Paper

This is a monumental exhibtion and expostion of Picasso’s works from his  early years as precocious draughtsman in his birthplace Malaga when he was compared to Raphael, through the blue and rose periods, to Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, to cubism, his obsessiveness with Delacroix and Manet, his [...]

January 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

Allen and Beryl Freer: a salutary lesson

Its often and incorrectly assumed that to build a collection you have to be one of the super-rich. It is true that fine art and high finance have merged and collecting an old Master – or a modern one – is a badge of wealth. However the collection built up by Allen and Beryl Freer, to be [...]

January 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

All that jazz

Michael Stuart, our music man, is eclectic and you can read anything from Rod Stewart to Rigoletto in his column but rarely – if at all – jazz. This mirrors the general attitude to jazz. Major jazz figures and bands are still relatively unknown. It has more of a cult following. This is [...]

January 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

Rembrandt / the Complete Paintings

My Xmas present for myself was a handsome volume of all of Rembrandt’s paintings published by Taschen. My plan was that I would have an hour to myself to savour these wondrous works. Yet when I  did so it was with a slight feeling of disappointment. The problem with Rembrandt is that he produced [...]

December 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Mauritshuis

No visit of The Golden Age of Dutch Art would be complete without a trip  to the Mauritshuis in the Hague. The mansion once belonged to the Dutch Governor Of Brazil, Johan Maurits, but most of the collection comes from the hoard of Prince William of Orange. These include a Rubens, two Rembrandt [...]

December 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

Pieter van Hooch of Delft

Pieter van Hooch is not one of the big three of Dutch Art (Vermeer, Rembrandt, Van Gogh) but this exhibition at the Prinsenhof Delft shows he is an artist of innovation, a master of light and painter of everyday life in Delft. Born in Rotterdam, the son of a bricklayer, he came to Delft in 1652 [...]

December 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

A morning at the National Gallery

It’s still a wonderful asset and advantage to tourists and locals alike that you can see all the treasures of the National Gallery for nothing. Two trips to the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh set me back nearly 40 euros. Yesterday the tutor of our excellent art course organised a curated tour to [...]

December 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

Preview of Modern British at Christie’s

Yesterday I attended a preview of an auction of Modern British art held by Christies. All the big names were there – L.S Lowry, Stanley Spencer, Ben Nicholson, Walter Sickert, Graham Sutherland – though their representative work was not of their highest quality. One of the factors in [...]

November 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

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