‘Vanities of vanities, all is vanity’ Ecclesiastes 1: 2-3 This text was to form the foundation of a new genre of art known as vanitas still-life paintings with a moral context a reminder of humanity’s morality. This genre of painting reached its zenith in the baroque period particularly in the low countries with their strong… Continue reading ‘Vanitantum et omina vanitas’
That was how one national newspaper described The British Museum’s latest block buster exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia which runs until the 14th of January. The exhibition has been given five stars by all the press and I would say richly deserved. The strap line of the exhibition runs “Prepare to meet the Scythians”… Continue reading “A thrilling journey”
Charring Cross Bridge Claude Monet 1903 This is a little reminder of the forth coming Monet exhibition to be held at Tate Britain. According to the press blurb never before have so many Monet canvases been shown together in one exhibition. I can remember the last big blockbuster Monet exhibition held at the R.A. where for… Continue reading Capturing the light
This is continuing my series of looking at paintings that have provoked strong reactions in the viewer. Manet’s Olympia 1863 could be said to win the prize for causing the most extreme reactions for a painting ever exhibited. Barricades had to be erected in front of the painting so outraged were members of the viewing public.… Continue reading Causing a riot!
‘Les Fauves’ or the wild beasts was the name given as a witticism in the 1905 Salon by the critic Louis Vauxcelles to describe the work of artists including Matisse and Derain. The name was apt in the wild almost violent way they used colour as a reaction against the cool divided colour tones of… Continue reading The Wild beasts!
A painting is an inanimate object and yet through the centuries there have been certain paintings that have aroused intense passions even to the point of anger. I am going to be making a study of these and come up with my top five paintings that fit into this category. I am starting off with… Continue reading Arousing Passions!
With his colourful paintings of fantastical building it’s not hard to see why the paintings of Austrian born New Zealand artist & architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser are instantly appealing to children. Indeed when ever I have explored his work with my young students they are drawn to the shapes, patterns, colours of his work and are… Continue reading It’s child’s play!