Winter is always the time I want to see most plays, and to me this picture just couldn’t be from any other time of year, despite the low backs of the dresses. Theatre is also definitely for seeing with friends and discussing at the interval, unlike other art forms.
I find the way these two women are shown intriguing too – there’s no suggestion that they’re pining for lost husbands in the trenches, or waiting to be viewed (unlike in Renoir’s theatre paintings), or otherwise doing anything besides expecting a good time.
At the theatre, by Prudence Heward, 1928. Image and more discussion here.
Much to my surprise I really enjoyed the David Hockney portraits at the RA this summer. The uniform size and format, and the hot colours, gave a pleasing cohesiveness to the collection – a sense of being welcomed into a club. Perfect intensity of colour and effort for a late summer heatwave or early autumn evening.
image from the BBC.
Another interesting contemporary find from the blogger Miss Moss, who also led me to these, these, these and these.
Prints start at only $40, and are available from Melissa’s shop.
On a pouring wet Sunday night in December last year a special meeting was held at the House of the Sacred Flame in Knocklatchers Row…Nigel Bathgate, looking disconsolately out of his window in Chester Terrace, noticed its sign for the first time. It was a small hanging sign made of red glass and shaped to represent a flame rising from a cup. Its facets caught the light as a gust of wind blew the sign back. Nigel saw the red gleam…
An atmospheric opening to Ngaio Marsh’s “Death in Ecstasy”. Such clever writing; as well as setting a strong sense of atmosphere, all the psychological clues are already there. Marsh is so good at mood, whether it’s a tense evening party, a shabby artists’ colony or wet, dark night.
Yes, it’s £75 and totally secular, but this Paul A Young advent calendar is drool-worthy.
I couldn’t really find a video on YouTube that captured the tie-tapping nature of The Gloaming’s recent Southbank gig, and I don’t have the skills (skillz?) to link to iTunes/Spotify, so this will have to do. After a dreamy start, the rest of this set comes close to it.
My favourite time of year just might be when lights go up in trees. The ice rink at Somerset House is close second. Photos from Pinterest mainly.
A great choice of poster image by the National Gallery for their winter show. I’m getting the feels already.