‘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!
Rubens Le chapeau de Paille :portrait of Susanna Lunden 1622-5 May be not an obvious choice for an august month with not a beach or sail boat in sight but for me this portrait of possibly Rubens sister-in-law Susanna Lunden is painted with such a fresh directness that puts me in mind of the sunny… Continue reading Painting of the month
As part of my current course called’ Painting into sculpture’with The Royal drawing school at their west London studio our marvellous tutor Marcus asked ask to create a Giacometti inspired portrait head. He showed us an excellent technique and method that I would like to share with you. First he took profile photos of our… Continue reading How to create a Giacometti inspired sculpture
In the current retrospective at Tate Modern of the painter-sculptor Alberto Giacometti it is space that is the overarching theme that drives and shapes the development of his work. Space is at once his muse and nemesis.(This was from a man who was a known acrophobic.) We learn from the excellent video that he… Continue reading Space the final frontier
Everyone loves a good mystery and of all the paintings in the National Gallery this painting wins the prize as most mysterious. Acquiring the title of The Ambassadors and painted in 1533 by Hans Holbein the younger it is one of the most visited paintings in the collection. The portraits are of on the left… Continue reading It’s a mystery!