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Current Blog Article Domenico Ghirlandaio, Portrait of Giovanna de’ Tornabuoni – 1489 – Madrid, Thyssen Bornemisza Museum Click on image to enlarge Giovanna is shown in stiff profile illuminated by a searching light. Her sumptuous costume and elaborate hairstyle as well as the few objects displayed in the minimalist background are realised with hard-edged clarity. […]

Felix Vallotton, Royal Academy, London

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Félix Vallotton – Royal Academy, London In 1882 Félix Vallotton left Switzerland for Paris at the early age of 16, attracted by the opportunities for aspiring artists in the French capital which was also the world capital of the visual arts. He eschewed the chance to attend the Ecole des Beaux Arts in favour of […]

Dorothea Tanning – Tate Modern, London

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Dorothea Tanning – Tate Modern, London In 1936 the twenty-six year old American artist Dorothea Tanning visited an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York entitled Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism. This proved to be a life-changing encounter, the starting point for her experiments with Surrealism for the next sixty years. Three years […]

Jeff Koons – Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Jeff Koons, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford There is no doubt that Jeff Koons is the embodiment of a ‘Marmite’ artist. You either hate him or you ‘really rather like him’.  He is a showman and a businessman whose works have sold for many millions at auction – and he is a provocateur. His lifestyle has often […]

Pierre Bonnard – Tate Modern

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Pierre Bonnard – Tate Modern This comprehensive exhibition follows Pierre Bonnard from his early days in Paris to his move in 1912 to Vernonnet in Normandy, where he was a near neighbour of the elderly Claude Monet, and his eventual relocation to Le Cannet in the South of France. We follow these peregrinations but the […]

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Blog Articles Museums / Artists on Permanent Display Barber Institute, Birmingham Antonio Berni at MALBA, Buenos Aires Sandro Botticelli, Primavera, Uffizi Gallery, Florence Pieter Bruegel at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna Claude Lorrain, Landscape with the Ponte Molle, Birmingham, Museum and Art Gallery Caspar David Friedrich, The Wanderer, Kunsthalle, Hamburg Domenico Ghirlandaio, Portrait of Giovanna de’ […]

Whistler – Compton Verney

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Whistler and Nature: Compton Verney, Warwickshire The art museum at Compton Verney is a most valuable resource for the south midlands and there have been many memorable exhibitions there over the years. Sadly, this exhibition is not one of them. The vast majority of the show is made up of loans from The Hunterian at […]