Claude Monet ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ–Œ

Born on 14 November 1840 in Paris and baptised as Oscar-Claude, although his family called him just Oscar and later in life he will be known as Claude. In 1845 the family moved from Paris to Le Havre in Normandy, where he then enrolled into a school of arts and met fellow painter Eugene Boudin, who introduced him to “en plain air” painting. This approach … Continue reading Claude Monet ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ–Œ

National Gallery, London ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐ŸŽจ

Easily one of the best collections in the world of paintings of all times, accessible to everybody free ofย charge seven days a week. The collection of the National Gallery in London was started at the beginning of the 19th century thanks to some large bequests of paintings donated to the country on the condition a suitableย accommodation was provided for the exhibition and the conservation of … Continue reading National Gallery, London ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐ŸŽจ

Femmes de Tahiti, by Gauguin ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ›ฑ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ซ

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย On the 106th anniversary of Paul Gauguin’s death in 1903. Femmes de Tahiti – Tahitian Women on the Beach, oil painting by Paul Gauguin, 1891, Musรฉe d’Orsay, Paris. This painting belongs to the early period Gauguin spent in Tahiti, where he wanted “to live there in ecstasy, calm and art.” The painter moved in 1891 to the South Pacific from Paris, escaping the “European fight … Continue reading Femmes de Tahiti, by Gauguin ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ›ฑ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ซ

Shakespeare’s Globe ๐ŸŽญ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ

Since its opening in 1997 the Shakespeare’s Globe has been one of my favourite entertainment venues on the Londonย Southbank, with very enjoyable performances of Shakespeare’s plays during the summer. The theatre is open-air, hence subject to the unpredictability of London weather. Still a very enjoyable experience for theatre lovers. My recent discovery has been the indoor theatre, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, built within the same complex … Continue reading Shakespeare’s Globe ๐ŸŽญ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ

Harvest, by Gauguin ๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ–Œ๐ŸŒพ

  Harvest: Le Pouldu by Paul Gauguin, 1890, exhibited at the National Galleryย – This summer landscape was painted by Gauguin during his stay in Brittany, while he was moving away from his initial impressionist style and embracing a more primitivist art, influenced by folk art, to be developed further during his later life in Tahiti.         This self-portrait was painted by Gauguin … Continue reading Harvest, by Gauguin ๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ–Œ๐ŸŒพ

Lemon Grove in Bordighera, by Monet ๐Ÿ‹๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ–Œ

The Lemon Grove in Bordighera, oil painting by Claude Monet, 1884 , exhibited at the Glyptoteket in Copenhagen – Depicting a colourful Mediterranean scene, painted while the artist was spending some time in the South of France and in Italy in 1884, this garden landscape seems to be less impressionistic than his previous works and the result of some careful brushstroke work to portray an … Continue reading Lemon Grove in Bordighera, by Monet ๐Ÿ‹๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ–Œ

White Cube, Bermondsey ๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ—ฟ๐ŸŽจ

  The White Cube is an art gallery in Bermondsey, London, devoted to temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. Hosted in a former warehouse of 58,000 sq feet on Bermondsey Street it is one of the largest commercial galleries in Europe. Its versatile and ample exhibition spaces, opened in October 2011, allow for large exhibitions, normally dedicated to individual artists showcasing various instalations of their artistic … Continue reading White Cube, Bermondsey ๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ—ฟ๐ŸŽจ

Tate Modern ๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ—ฟ

  Tate Modern is one of the four Tate museums and the one specialising in modern and contemporary art. It is also Britain’sย national gallery for international modern art and one of the mostย popular art galleries in London, open to all with free access seven days a week for the permanent displays, while charging for temporary exhibitions. Hosted in the building that was once the Bankside … Continue reading Tate Modern ๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ—ฟ

Alexander the Great ๐Ÿ—ฟ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ“š

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย Marble head of Alexander the Great at the British Museum – One of the many marble portraits of Alexander the Great used by the legendary conqueror and his followers, during and after his reign, to disseminate and immortalise the image of a young and powerful leader, many times liked to deity. Recently,ย I read with keen interest a novel by Mary Renault about Alexander, The Persian … Continue reading Alexander the Great ๐Ÿ—ฟ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ“š