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My art week

This week we studied surrealism in our art course, there arrived the catalogue of Christie’s for their modern art sale on March 1st and the series on Sky Arts Artists in Love featured Amedeo Modigliani and his lover Jeanne Hebuterne. Surrealism in a sentence is the artistic expression of the [...]

February 19, 2021 // 0 Comments

My art week

This week we studied in our art class Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Lee Miller in our Tuesday class and French 18th Century art in our Thursday class. I also watched on Monday Britain’s Lost Masterpieces on BBC4 Our art tutor praised Marcel Duchamp as the second most important artist of the [...]

February 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

My art week

Last week I watched a SKY ARTS programme on Salvador Dali, and my art courses were on Dadaism and the Grand Tour. Ostensibly there is nothing to link  all three. Indeed in their attack on Capitalism the Dadaists and Dali were polar opposites. There is however – as I shall show – strong [...]

February 6, 2021 // 0 Comments

Plus ca change…

One of the fascinations of art is the paradox that it’s always evolving with new movements but certain themes remain constant. In our art course this week we studied the final two of the abstract pathfinders (Kandinsky was the first) Malevich and Mondrian. Malevich was born in Belarus but [...]

January 29, 2021 // 0 Comments

What is art appreciation?

My two art courses are under way – one on Tuesday on The Road To Modernism and the other on Thursday a more leisurely tour over the last five centuries of art. On Tuesday we studied Kandinsky. Our art tutor said that he, Malevich and Mondrian were the pathfinders to abstraction and asserted: [...]

January 23, 2021 // 0 Comments

Girl with a Pearl Earring (the film)

I was underwhelmed by the film of the book. Speaking to resident Rust film critic Neil Rosen he asserted that this is quite normal and the only improvement of a film on a book was in his view The Godfather Part 1.  The warning signs are in the credits if  “based on the novel” appears and [...]

January 7, 2021 // 0 Comments

Have yourself a Vermeer Xmas

For this most bizarre of Xmases I have taken Johannes Vermeer the Dutch master of the seventeenth century for company. A good friend gave me his complete works a sumptuous publication by the Art Publisher Taschen for Xmas. I have just read Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier and am now [...]

December 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

A review of a book that took three years to read

Since the beginning of December – with some unexpected spare time on my hands – I have turned to a pastime that frankly I do far too little of … reading. Quite without justification because, of course, “if you want something done, give it to a busy person” – or, in this context perhaps, [...]

December 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

Great Art/Renoir

None of the great artists divide opinion as much as Renoir. On one hand he is lauded as King of the Impressionists, others find him too sentimental, whilst his later works of female nudes have attracted the opprobrium of feminists for being sexual objectification. One who did not find fault was the [...]

December 12, 2020 // 0 Comments

Great Art/ITV

Observant readers might have noticed that Sky Arts is normally my channel of choice for art. However ITV have been running a series every Tuesday night on an artist by reference to an exhibition.  This week the subject was Henri Matisse. Normally with Matisse any review concentrates on his time in [...]

December 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

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