Composition IX, by Kandinsky ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ–ผ

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง This large oil painting by Vassily Kandinsky, Composition IX, 1936, belongs to the period before WWII he spent in Paris, when his ideas about art and composition were being synthetised in his late complex artworks. Elements present in this composition can be seen in previous paintings, like Swinging. A background of broad diagonal colored stripes makes contrast to biomorphic and geometric forms that seem … Continue reading Composition IX, by Kandinsky ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ–ผ

Claude Debussy ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

Marking the 157th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s birth in 1862 In 1884 a young Claude Debussy won the prestigious composition prize Prix de Rome, which entailed a residence programme at Villa Medici in Rome, where this portrait was painted and is currently exhibited. The stifling environment at the French Academy of Rome was strengthening his resolution to follow his own ways for artistic expression: “I … Continue reading Claude Debussy ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

Woman with Children, by Picasso ๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ”ฒ

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งWoman with Children, oil painting by Pablo Picasso, 1961 – In this painting Picasso portrays his family at the time, with his new wife, Jacqueline Roque, in the middle, sided by his daughter from a previous marriage, Paloma, on the right, and Cathy, Jacquelineโ€™s daughter from a previous marriage, shown faceless on the left. Picasso had married Jacqueline the previous month. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Donna con bambine, … Continue reading Woman with Children, by Picasso ๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ”ฒ

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

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

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

Van Gogh and Britain ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

This exhibition at Tate Britain in London combines artworks by Vincent Van Gogh and his contemporaries around the period he spent in London between 1873 and 1876. Around this time Van Gogh was not yet a full-time painter but was working with an art dealer and was influenced by the artistic environment of the time. In later years, when he started becoming a famous painter, … Continue reading Van Gogh and Britain ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง