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My art week

There is always one in every class and we have our resident know-all in our British modernist course. He identified Hitler, Churchill and Daladier in Mark Gertler’s anti-war carousel picture. The only problem it was painted in 1916. Yesterday we studied Paul Nash. Nash was a considerable [...]

October 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

The price of something – and then its value

Less than a month ago, at private lunch also attended by both the publisher and the editor of The Rust, I was pleased to learn from them that a recently-conducted survey had revealed our arts coverage had registered the highest ‘quality appreciation’ score of all amongst our readership. Here I [...]

October 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

My art week

Dear old John Pargiter often gives us the lowdown on his sporting week and as there have been three developments in mine I thought I might share them with you. On Monday the ex-cricketer and now artist Jack Russell popped round. I now have three of his works and admire his sense of composition and [...]

October 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sir William Orpen

This week in our art course on British art of the twentieth century we covered the First World War artists. Earl Haig by Orpen A war artist was severely constrained, he could not for example paint a dead British soldier and they were clearly regarded by High Command as part of the propaganda [...]

October 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

Art course on twentieth century British Modernism

Yesterday it was back to school at my local learning centre for an art course on twentieth century British Modernism. Our excellent teacher believes British twentieth century art to be underrated and this is one of her themes. She prepares us well for the course, distributing a time-line chart of [...]

September 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

More PC issues

The heightened PC-driven media frenzy over such issues as transgender rights, the various (some seemingly contradictory) strands of feminism and of course the widening ripples across the pond of male/female relationships prompted by the #MeToo movement – and indeed the backlash thereto – have [...]

September 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

Petworth House

Yesterday I visited Petworth House the home of the Percy family in West Sussex. I was motivated by a conversation I had with Alice Mansfield who had watched a TV programme on Petworth House called Britain’s Lost Masterpieces. Petworth House contains some eminent art works notably an unknown [...]

September 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

Food for thought

Two aspects of modern life that reoccur in most people’s reflections upon modern life are: Firstly, the various ways we acquire knowledge, keep in touch with what is happening around us and across the world and choose to spend those proportions of our free leisure (or non-working) time that are [...]

August 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

John Minton/ the Lost Man of British Art

I watched this programme on catch up tv. It was written and presented by actor Mark Gatiss. I anticipated that much would be made that Johnny Minton was gay as Gatiss is too. In fact, you can criticise British art for many things but homophobia is not one. Two of our most celebrated post war [...]

August 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Gustav Klimt/Medicine

Gustav Klimt’s fame is associated withe the Nazis. Long after his death in 1918 to Spanish influenza, his characteristic swirling erotic paintings, frequently of auburn haired models, achieved a success and critical esteem denied to him in his lifetime. One picture of Adele Bloch-Bauer was [...]

August 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

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