Tag: history

Spotlight: Rousseau’s ‘Tiger in a Tropical Storm’

Spotlight: Rousseau’s ‘Tiger in a Tropical Storm’

Henri Rousseau (1844-1910) was a French artist who only started painting at age 35, and only seriously in his early 40’s after a lifetime as a tax collector. Ridiculed by his critics throughout this life, and regarded as an eccentric, Rousseau won a great following […]

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: 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 […]

Spotlight: Churchill and The Importance Of Painting

Spotlight: Churchill and The Importance Of Painting

A recent documentary about Churchill’s love of painting by Andrew Marr was sympathetic, personal and extremely insightful. It tackled the sensitive issues of Churchill’s private life, and health issues including later-life strokes and painting, from which both Churchill and Marr suffered, as well as the […]

Spotlight: Toulouse-Lautrec’s ‘At the Moulin Rouge, The Dance’

Spotlight: Toulouse-Lautrec’s ‘At the Moulin Rouge, The Dance’

Arguably the king of dynamic dance representation, Toulouse-Lautrec was a troubled outcast who ‘sang’ through his energetic colourful brushstrokes and embraced all that was eccentric in early 20th Century Paris. Much to our luck, we now enjoy these vignettes of high-low social interaction in his canvases […]

Renegades In Art

Renegades In Art

We all love renegades, characters who buck the trend. They, with the benefit of hindsight, propel history forward and break down barriers, offering new ways of thinking, seeing and doing things. Enter two – very different – artists who in the late 19th and early […]

Travel Tip: Why You Should Go To The Seville Art Museum

Travel Tip: Why You Should Go To The Seville Art Museum

Now I love art history and I can tolerate the driest of history programmes (much to Tom’s boredom) but even I find art museums can often be hit-and-miss. Fortunately for us both (poor Tom) every aspect of this museum surpassed expectations. Firstly, the building is […]

Natural Disaster And Culture: Wishes To The Caribbean…and Florida

Natural Disaster And Culture: Wishes To The Caribbean…and Florida

All My Very Best Wishes To The Caribbean…and Florida: The week’s devastating weather events have got me to thinking about the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma and their cultural heritage. Having had close friends live through Hurricane Katrina, I completely understand the devastation and life-altering change that […]