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Manet and Degas

Our art course resumed for its autumn term yesterday on Zoom. We studied Edouard Manet and Edgar  Degas. Both came from wealthy families. Manet’s father was a lawyer and judge who – it is said – was reluctant for his son to be an artist until he married his father’s mistress [...]

September 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

A view at Christies

Almost all of my posts have been reviews of arts programmes so yesterday I was delighted to view the Picasso ceramics at Christie’s. Particularly if you are a buyer it’s essential to view and inspect to assess condition. The ceramics were displayed in a airy space that only heightened their [...]

September 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

Cezanne/Sky Arts

Last night  the Sky Arts series featured Cezanne and his portrait exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Cezanne is renowned for his landscapes and still life and in art history – the bridge between nineteenth century Paysage together with Impressionism and the modernists. He is less [...]

September 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

Maintaining reputation in art

I read Michael Stuart’s piece on Bruce Springsteen with interest and it inspired me to think of painters who maintained their reputation established when young and those that did not. The list of great painters who were never well-known in their lifetime is as impressive as it is long: Van Gogh, [...]

September 1, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Modern Garden: from Monet to Matisse

SKY ARTS continued their excellent series on exhibitions last night with this one at the Royal Academy. Gardens, like pictures of them, are intensely visual. So they work well in translation to television. The programme highlighted Monet and his garden at Giverny. A few years ago in Paris I made [...]

August 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

Edvard Munch

Sky Arts have been running a weekly series on exhibitions by great artists and last Monday it featured the Norwegian colossus Edvard Munch. Tim Marlow interviews curators of the museum and there’s a visual treat of the pictures to view. Previous painters have been Heironymus Bosch, Edourd Manet [...]

August 12, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Riviera/A History in Pictures (Part Two)

Whilst I enjoyed the second part of this programme broadcast yesterday it was with certain  reservations. The main problem was that, by being a travel history of the Riviera from the end of the nineteenth century to the present day and a review of the artists that painted there, the scope was too [...]

July 31, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Riviera/A History In Pictures/BBC4

Since lockdown it’s been meltdown for the travel industry and not the most upbeat of times for me. I was heartened therefore to watch a programme on the history of the art of the Riviera last week  which brought many memories of Rust trips there. The first part, narrated by Richard E Grant, [...]

July 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

British War Artists / World War Two

A subject often covered on the Rust is World War One so I knew I would be fascinated when our last lesson in our course on Tuesday was on the war artists of  World War Two. War artist is a loose term. The status of war artist was not made official till 1916 and even then the output was subject to [...]

July 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever”

Yesterday, John Keats’ poem Endymion came to mind yesterday as I concluded Alice Mansfield’s thoroughly absorbing Rust post on Courbet’s The Origins Of The World [10th July] and thereafter spent many hours contemplating the ideas and issues that it brought to focus. One of the features of [...]

July 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

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