Month: May 2018

Spotlight: Hals’ ‘The Laughing Cavalier’

Spotlight: Hals’ ‘The Laughing Cavalier’

Hals (1582-1666) was a Dutch Golden Age Painter who lived and worked near Haarlem. He was the son of a cloth merchant and studied under the Mannerist painter Van Mander whose influence really isn’t evident in Hals’ body of work. Hals is instrumental in developing […]

Spotlight: Degas’ Ballet Dancers Waiting in the Wings’

Spotlight: Degas’ Ballet Dancers Waiting in the Wings’

After starting to study law upon his father’s request, Edgar Degas abandoned professional study in pursuit of painting to eventually become the prolific French painter we know today. So inspired by Ingres, initially, Degas wanted to be a history painter but later changed direction combining […]

Spotlight: Hogarth’s ‘Beer Street’

Spotlight: Hogarth’s ‘Beer Street’

William Hogarth’s life is a true rags-to riches story. Born into a poor middle class family, his father was an unsuccessful schoolmaster and spent time in prison for paid debts. Hogarth (1697-1764) however rose the ranks of London society, and after training as an engraver, […]

Spotlight: Ting’s ‘Ladies With Parrots’

Spotlight: Ting’s ‘Ladies With Parrots’

Walasse Ting (1929-2010) is a expressive Chinese-American artist who forged a successful international artistic career when he moved to France in 1952 then New York in 1957. Cheerful, colourful and vibrant, Walasse’s work is a testament to his love for women, flowers, birds and animals. […]

Spotlight: Kahn’s ‘High-Intensity Landscape’

Spotlight: Kahn’s ‘High-Intensity Landscape’

Wolf Kahn (born 1927) forged a successful international artistic career in America depicting sensual and colourful landscapes. Moved my the  musicality of his childhood, his father was a notable musician, conductor, composer and teacher who fled with his family to New York when Hitler came […]