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.
“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…
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.
“Marsh Mallow” by Dame Laura Knight, 1914. Hopes for a sunny few months…
Elin Kleopatra Danielson-Gambogi “girl in meadow” (1900)
Chu Teh-Chun No. 182 Plenitude de la Maturite. Image from Christies’ Instagram feed. Something in this (maybe the colours?) reminds me of this from back in the day.
A new artist to me, but one that reminded me I wanted to read Alyssa Cole’s “An Extraordinary Union”
Intrigued by the grape-like bunches of earrings and also the shimmering sleeves in “Jeanne Parmentier” by Bartolomeus van der Helst
A new-to-me talent, Oates was a British flower painter born in 1928 but painting in a style popular in both the 17th and mid-19th centuries.
Images from Lyon and Turnbull.
one of the many stunning pieces in the current “Monet and architecture” exhibition. I was a bit sniffy about whether it would be worth the trip, but can’t recommend it highly enough and am definitely planning to return.