Intrigued by the newest commissions in the National Portrait Gallery. Part of me loves the bold stars and colourfulness of this portrait of Laura Mvula; part of me is a little bored by the imitation of an early Lucien Freud or a Stanley Spencer piece, whilst also thinking that this 50s/60s vine is very on trend right now and therefore still representative of the late 2010s.
Brazilian artist, whose work riffs on both classic Portuguese blue-and-white tiles, and also the gold glue of kintsugi
The Villa Massimo, images from Simon Martin’s Instagram feed.
“group portrait with cornflowers” by Igor Grabar. At this time of year, my school used to have Founders Day, and for some reason baskets of cornflowers would appear…
A perfect little microcosm. Eric Ravilious “The Village” (1933)
A hint of the Green Man, or of an Ovid Metamorphosis, in this illustration by Helena Perez Garcia
I find this abstract print very appealing.
For more designers and illustrators, search the archives. I was looking back recently at Michelle Morin and Wenjia Tang and enjoying their work again.
Adeline Patti was one of the most famous opera singers of the third quarter of the 19th century, and rather oddly ended up in the Brecon Beacons at the end of her life. I don’t know if this is because it was cheap, or if was a kind of displaced Romanticism / love of Walter Scott that had probably fed many of her starring roles in Donizetti, but it’s an intriguing thought. There’s no record of who painted this portrait of her.
Another top Google banner, this time of the archetypal Art Deco painter, de Lempicka.
“Marsh Mallow” by Dame Laura Knight, 1914. Hopes for a sunny few months…