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Coast: Storms, 1 Magnasco to Aivazovsky

Soon after our distant ancestors started to migrate from east Africa, they discovered the rich harvest to be obtained from the sea, and the benefits of living on the coast. 980 more words


The Stonebreakers

Gustave Courbet’s 1849 oil on canvas depiction of manual labour shows an unequivocal sympathy for the plight of the poor in 19th century France. The two figures, young and old, are set within an unforgiving backdrop of harsh rocky landscape thought to be Ornans or nearby, the only hint of respite being the small corner of blue sky far in the distance, just out of reach. 318 more words


Courbet and his Artist's Studio

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to escape to Paris for a long weekend (though it’s not so much of an escape at the moment, as life in the UK City of Culture is pretty exciting!) and was lucky enough to spend a few hours at possibly my favourite art gallery, Musée d’Orsay. 1,084 more words


Blackpaint 588 - Fundamental! Wolfie and Hockers at the Tates

Wolfgang Tillmans, Tate Modern

Huge blown-up photos on the walls, but also desktops full of his “snaps” (and pro-Remain, anti-Brexit propaganda posters/leaflets he presumably produced).  He calls each room an “installation”, the nature of which he expounds in the booklet, to avoid explanations on the walls.   658 more words

Painting, Traditional, Modern And Abstract, Conceptual Art

Romanticism - Art History Style

So it’s that time of year again when all the love-heart shaped chocolate boxes are out in full force and red roses feature in every shop window. 762 more words

Art World

Charles-François Daubigny: the first Impressionist? 1

If I had to put a single name forward as the first Impressionist, it would have to be Charles-François Daubigny, who was born two centuries ago, on 15 February 1817, in Paris. 869 more words