Monday, May 17, 2021

Vantages

 I backtracked a bit from where I left off yesterday to photograph two paintings in one of the side corridors of the world collection. T.E. Lawrence as Aircraftman Shaw is from 1935, and is by Augustus John, a portrait of Lawrence of Arabia.

From one war to another. Dunkirk Beaches, May 1940 is by Richard Eurich, dating to 1940-41.


When I started this series I mentioned a large installation at the end of a corridor. This is it. AKA is the work of a collective of New Zealand indigenous artists, the Mato Aha Collective, done in 2019 for an exhibit here on indigenous art across the world. It appears, at least for the moment: to have stayed, dropping down nearly the full heght of the building.


This view looks along the upper level from this area, towards the glass tower.


And coming to the end of that walkway gives a view of the glass tower, lit up at night. We conclude this series tomorrow.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Modernist

 Nude on a Yellow Sofa is a 1926 painting by Henri Matisse.

Now we start getting into the "is that art?" side of things. Claes Oldenberg created Bedroom Ensemble in 1963. Is it artistic? Yes. Do I like it? No.

And then there's Andy Warhol. Here we have Brillo Soap Pads Boxes, from 1964. Sorry. This isn't art. And Warhol wasn't an artist. A git, a prat, and a wanker, but not an artist.


This, on the other hand, I like. You Have Left The American Sector is a contemporary work by Canadian artist Ron Terada, dating to 2005, in one of the contemporary arts galleries adjoining the world galleries.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Modernism

 Dazzleships in Dry Dock at Liverpool is the title of this 1919 painting by Edward Wadsworth.

Marcel Duchamp painted Red Nude in 1910.

The Black Cat is a 1911 work by Gino Severini.


Picasso painted The Small Table in 1919.


And today we conclude with The Glass of Absinthe, by Georges Braque. It is from 1910-11.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Perspectives

Mrs. R.J. Sainsbury is the title of this 1940-41 portrait by British artist Wyndham Lewis. I had gone off into a side corridor from the main spaces at this point.


Close by are works by the same artist, Stanley Spencer. Landscape With Magnolia, Odney Club is from 1938.


Marsh Meadows, Cookham was done in 1943.


Here we have a view of the garden courtyard from above.


Two portraits are side by side. Both date to 1917 and are by the same artist, British painter Augustus John. They even have the same title: A Canadian Soldier.


Today I finish with a sculpture that always reminds me of Tolkien. It feels like Orc armour. Jacob Epstein created Torso From The Rock Drill from 1913-16.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Masterpieces

Claude and Renee is a lovely 1903 painting by Auguste Renoir.


Vilhelm Hammershoi is an artist I had not been familiar with until the Gallery added this painting into its collection some years ago. Sunshine in the Drawing Room is from 1910.


Hope I is a moody but poignant work by Gustav Klimt, from 1903.


Here we have Iris, an 1890 painting by Vincent van Gogh.


Today I conclude with Meadow and Farm of Jas de Bouffon. This circa 1885-87 painting is by Paul Cezanne.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Impressionism

We begin today with The Stone Bridge in Rouen, Dull Weather. This is by Impressionist artist Camille Pissarro, in 1896.


Alfred Sisley was another of the Impressionist movement. This is his work, The Hillsides at Bougival, from 1875.


Rue de l'Hermitage, Pontoise is the title of this Pissarro painting from 1875.


Paul Gauguin was Post-Impressionist in his style. The Quarries of Le Chou Near Pontoise dates to 1882.


I finish today with a work by my favourite of the Impressionist movement, Claude Monet. The Gallery has several works by Monet. Waterloo Bridge: Effect of Sunlight in the Fog is from 1903.