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Southwold: an Earthly Paradise

For many years my second husband Laurie and I had a second home in Southwold. He is an a illustrator and taught in evening classes in Roehampton College. There a Polish student with blue eyes, glossy hair and full young breasts, none of which I possess, seduced him and our marriage broke up. We [...]

June 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

The New English Art Club

The New English Art Club (“NEAC”) was founded in 1896 when the big beasts of British art John Singer Sargent, Philip Wilson Steer and Walter Sickert influenced by stays in Paris formed this club. For many years it was a stepping stone to the more illustrious Royal Academy. It now stands [...]

June 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Eric Gill/ Ditchling Museum

If this exhibition is anything to go by, museums and exhibitions will soon be carrying a government sexual warning. As I queued to enter the lady on the desk explained to the elderly couple in front of me that there were exhibits of a sexually explicit nature and the notoriety of Eric Gill. For [...]

June 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

The artistic spirit v PC

Yesterday I listened tothe podcast of my favourite arts programme, sadly shortly to come off air Saturday Review. Well presented by Tom Sutcliffe there are normally 3 contributors so the critique has the benefit of variety. An exhibition by the sculptor Eric Gill in Ditchling near Brighton came [...]

May 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

2 museums and a pottery

Yesterday I had to take time off the main group to see the Leger museum, Modoura pottery and Bonnard museum as preparation for a curative tour for travel agents Andrew Fyne later in the year. There were a number of logistical considerations, a private tour out of hours, a local guide, restaurants [...]

April 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

Picasso Museum Antibes

Yesterday I took the National Rust party to the Picasso museum in Antibes. It is housed in the Grimaldi castle which Picasso was given as a studio for 6 months after the war and in appreciation gave some 26 of his works. Jacqueline Picasso gave some more in 1990 and now the museum has 246 pieces [...]

April 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

Me and Marc Chagall

It’s funny how one’s tastes in anything can change over one’s life. I never could enjoy or appreciate the art of Marc Chagall as its biblical representation did not reach me. My parents hung a reproduction in their bathroom of his home town, where my grandfather too was born, [...]

March 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

Bob’s birthday and Cote d’Art

One of the things I most enjoy about the Cote d’Azur is the public art or to put it differently the U.K. suffers by comparison. Even in London there might be the odd public sculpture, memorial fountain or park gates usually of a poor standard. Here in Nice we noticed immediately a blue modern [...]

March 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Daunts book festival/ Rogues Gallery and East West Street

Yesterday with Melanie Gay, Bob Tickler, Stefan Ursolini and Ken Howard I attended a book event at Daunts showcasing the above books both of which I enjoyed. Philip Mould, the fluent charming art dealer who appears in both the Antiques Road Show and Fake or Fortune, interviewed Philip Hook the [...]

March 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

America after the Fall and Edward Hopper

American art and British too has frequently divided into a battle between figurative and abstract art in the twentieth century. On one hand you have the artists like Jackson Pollock and Jasper Johns associated with modern expressionist abstract and in the other corner of the canvas Andrew Wyeth and [...]

March 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

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