Museums I like ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ—ฟ

Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin The Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin exhibits an extensive collection of paintings and sculptures dating from the 18th century and 19th century from acroos Europe. A valuable part of the collection is represented by French Impressionist paintings, acquired in the early 20th century, when the museum was established as the German National Gallery but also started expanding to works of art from other … Continue reading Museums I like ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ—ฟ

Westminster Bridge, by De Nittis ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ–ผ

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Impressionism is associated in our mind with Paris and French painters but in reality the artistic movement at the end of the XIX century involves also painters of various nationalities who came into contact with the main impressionists in Paris. Giuseppe De Nittis, originally from Barletta in Italy, is one of these non-French artists recognised to be part of the main impressionist movement. Originally … Continue reading Westminster Bridge, by De Nittis ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ–ผ

Swinging, by Kandinsky ๐Ÿ”ด๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ–Œ

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Painted by Vassily Kandinsky while in Weimar, Germany, in 1925, this oil painting makes use of geometrical shapes, various layers and contrasting colours to generate a dynamic depiction which is not strictly connected with reality. In line with one of his previous paintings, Circles in a Circle, Kandinsky pioneers abstract art and develops artistic theories that underpin his innovative approach to the expression of … Continue reading Swinging, by Kandinsky ๐Ÿ”ด๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ–Œ

Sunflowers, by Van Gogh ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ–Œ๐ŸŒผ

Marking the 129th anniversary of Vincent Van Gogh death on 29/7/1890 Flowers, and sunflowers in particular, were one of the favourite subjects by Vincent Van Gogh and there are several paintings in these series. The sunflower painting on the right was painted in Arles in the summer of 1888 and is normally exhibited at the National Gallery in London. This version of the sunflowers theme … Continue reading Sunflowers, by Van Gogh ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ–Œ๐ŸŒผ

Optical Art ๐Ÿ”ฒ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐ŸŽจ

Optical Art Just after the end of WW2 Victor Vasarely started establishing a new artistic movement inspired by his influences stemming from the Abstract Expressionism and the Bauhaus style. The vibrant artistic environment in Paris at the time was the perfect background for the development of new creative outbursts. The main idea was the generation of a fluctuating and dynamic effect on a painting through … Continue reading Optical Art ๐Ÿ”ฒ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐ŸŽจ

Alexander the Great ๐Ÿ—ฟ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ“š

Marking the 2,375th anniversary of Alexander the Great’s birth on 21/7/356 BC This in 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. The sculpture is exhibited   in a room of the British … Continue reading Alexander the Great ๐Ÿ—ฟ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ“š

Summer, by Renoir ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

This soft-toned portrait, In Summer – En รฉtรฉ, ย was painted in 1868 by Pierre-Auguste Renoir when he was 27, before the blossoming of the Impressionist movement, but already contains some impressionistic elements, like the roughy skeched out background, with broad brushstrokes of green tones. This is a portrait of Lise Trรฉhot, a young model frequently used by Renoir during this early period, possibly also his … Continue reading Summer, by Renoir ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

Tate Britain ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

Tate Britain Founded and opened in 1897 by Sir Henry Tate, this is now the oldest and largest art gallery of the Tate network of galleries in England and is devoted to British works of art from Tudor times to the beginning of the XIX century. The modern and contemporary collections of the gallery have now been moved to Tate Modern, in a refurbished location … Continue reading Tate Britain ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

Supernovae, by Vasarely ๐Ÿ”ณ๐Ÿ”ฒโ—ผ๏ธ

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งSupernovae, oil painting by Victor Vasarely, 1960, exhibited at the Tate Modern. Considered one of the leaders of the op art movement Vasarely started experimenting in the 1930s with perspectives, textural effects, shadows and light to render optical illusions. Supernovae is a typical example of Optical Art, realised just using black and white and geometrical shapes to obtain the illusion of a tridimensional effect on … Continue reading Supernovae, by Vasarely ๐Ÿ”ณ๐Ÿ”ฒโ—ผ๏ธ

Impression, Sunrise, by Monet ๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ–Œโ›…๏ธ

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง With his revolutionary painting, Impression, Sunrise, exhibited for the first time in Paris in April 1874, Monet gave, unintentionally, the name to the nascent Impressionist movement that also included fellow contemporary artists like Pissarro, Manet, Renoir and Sisley. The term was used in a dispregiative sense by the art critic Louis Leroy in his critique of the collective exhibition but was taken up by … Continue reading Impression, Sunrise, by Monet ๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ–Œโ›…๏ธ