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Quality versus commercial success

Sometimes those of us who are content to confess “I know nothing about Art [with a capital ‘a’] but I know what I like …” are condemned for either copping out and/or being Philistines, but that’s life and anyway so what? Personally, for example as regards music I am devoid of both [...]

June 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

The New English Art Club

Yesterday I visited the New English Art Club exhibition at the Pall Mall Gallery. The New English was founded in 1885 by a group of artists working in Paris and has been an important element in English art. In its first exhibition in 1886 George Clausen, Stanhope Forbes, JS Sargent and Wilson [...]

June 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard: Hotel Costes, Paris and Bonnard

The latest National Rust expedition was to Paris, ostensibly to see the Pierre Bonnard at the Musee D’Orsay but also  to enjoy lunch at the uber cool Hotel Costes. My cousin in New York who works for a French bank is the man in the know on what the French call “branche”, [...]

June 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

An evening with Ken Howard

Personality in artists is highly important. They have to get on with their dealer, models, galleries and museums, and in the case of Ken Howard clientele, a selection of whom he invited to his studio in the week. Ken’s studio home is just off the Boltons and once belonged to Irish [...]

April 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Auvers: Van Gogh’s resting place

After 90 turbulent days in Arles, Van Gogh went north and settled in Auvers in a tiny room above an inn. There in a field he either took his life or, according to contemporary theory, was shot. The main arguments for the latter theory are that the gun was never found and the method of killing by [...]

March 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

Van Gogh Tour

Generously backed by my sponsor Bob Tickler I am organising short tours of Van Gogh’s works in Amsterdam, Utrecht and the Louvre Paris. It’s quite a daunting task so l welcome the opportunity of a trial run with Daphne Colthard  helping with  the hotels  restaurants. We got off to [...]

March 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Left-arm round, mostly

Since removing myself from the Bromley suburban rat race after a three decades ‘before the mast’ in a career I loved, I have been living in the quiet hamlet of Climping in West Sussex along with Mrs Elkins, our two cats Reg and Samantha, and my treasured collection of Victorian cricketing [...]

March 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Opportunity to re-assess a great artist

Here’s a recommendation for readers of the National Rust with an artistic bent – the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition of John Singer Sargent paintings, as reviewed by Jonathan Jones today on the website of THE [...]

February 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ken Howard

Reading the autobiography Ken Howard – Light and Dark I am struck by the similarities of his life and works with Ted Seago. Both were/are figurative painters, immensely popular with sell-out exhibitions at the Colnaghi gallery, both had more popular than critical acclaim, and both careers [...]

December 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

The flourishing of the artistic spirit

Last night I had dinner with a cultivated lawyer who is an aficionado of the art of the early Renaissance. He made the point that Masaccio, Brunoleschi, Ghiberti and Donatello flourished in a time of the Black Plague, internecine wars with other Republic City states and in the case of Donatello he [...]

December 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

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