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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

An Elephant in Rome & my art week

I had no idea that TV chef and pasta sauce entrepreneur Loyd Grossman was an erudite art historian who had studied art at Magdalene College Cambridge. He has written a well-researched account of the baroque sculptor and painter Bernini whose works have so enhanced Rome. Bernini was patronised by [...]

May 7, 2021 // 0 Comments

An art day

Yesterday I had one of those unexpectedly enjoyable days that start with a disappointment. Polly, Bob Tickler’s P/A was coming down for the day and we were going to meet for a coffee and walk. She felt unwell and could not travel so I had to rearrange my day. I listened to the latest episode in [...]

May 4, 2021 // 0 Comments

American native art

Yesterday our course on views on art from the overseas perspective covered American and Caribbean art. Unfortunately I had an issue with scaffolding to be erected outside my home and I had to leave the course to take a lengthy call from an advisor. Nonetheless I learned enough to appreciate that [...]

April 30, 2021 // 0 Comments

My art week

I always enjoy the weekly podcast on art presented by Waldemar Janesczak and Bendor Grosvenor. In this week’s episode Bendor Grosvenor interviewed chef and pasta sauce maker cum-entrepreneur Loyd Grossman on his book about the 16th century sculptor Bernini (1598-1680). I had of course more than [...]

April 24, 2021 // 0 Comments

Spring cannot be cancelled

This is a joyful, uplifting book particularly during the pandemic and lockdown. David Hockney chronicles with art historian and writer Martin Gayford the former’s decision aged 83 to move to Normandy to depict the spring by drawing this on his iPad. To make such a decision at that age and to [...]

April 11, 2021 // 0 Comments

My art week

My art week started as usual with the Collectors programme on midday at Monday. The presenter Emmeline Hallmark’s background is Christie’s. Their main motivation is sales and for this reason she veers towards the obsequious to a collector who might just entrust his collection for sale by the [...]

April 3, 2021 // 0 Comments

My art week

My best achievement this week was working out what a NFT (non fungible token) is. It’s basically a piece of digital art which you can own by a token but anyone can view. It’s leading exponent Beeple achieved $69m for Yesterday’s in auction the other week. I have 3 main reservations. [...]

March 28, 2021 // 0 Comments

My art week

Monday’s edition of the Collector series which I so enjoy on Sky Arts featured Frank Cohen, an engaging man who started as a market trader and ended up with 16 drapery shops which he sold out profitably. He then built up a collection of modern British art. He was different from the other [...]

March 19, 2021 // 0 Comments

My art week.

A diverse art week this time. It started on Monday when the Collector series on Sky Arts featured David Lewis who had used his fortune made in property to start a collection with his wife Hannah. They began in the 1970s and their collection included a Pierre Bonnard, Van Dyck and other old Masters. [...]

March 13, 2021 // 0 Comments

My week in art

This week we studied on our course  English art in the eighteenth century and I watched a Sky Arts programme on Collectors. Our tutor is always proficient in putting art in context. In studying English 18th century art she put it in its historical context of the voyages of discovery of Captain [...]

February 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

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