Gallen-Kallela Lake Keitele

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Akseli Gallen-Kallela Lake Keitele, 1905, National Gallery, London I first saw this painting about fifteen years ago – not long after it was purchased by the National Gallery in 1999. I caught sight of it across a room full of Post Impressionist masterpieces; its distinctive originality immediately drew me towards it. A decade or more […]

Moreau Jupiter and Semele

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Gustav Moreau Jupiter and Semele, 1895, Musée Gustave Moreau, Paris This work assaults the eye with myriad forms constructed from a kaleidoscope of colour. The heavily impastoed surface builds, in places, to further enhance the jewelled surface – every inch is encrusted with detail. As one peers more closely, various vegetative and animate forms detach […]