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

Circles in a Circle ๐ŸŽจโšซ๏ธ๐Ÿ”ด

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งCircles in a Circle, oil painting ย by Vassily Kandinsky, 1923, exhibited at Palazzo Reale in Milan for the temporary Impressionism and Vanguards, normally exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum. Abstract composition against a white background, based around one big black-rimmed circle and two beams of coloured light across the canvas that change colours when intersecting other smaller coloured circles in the middle of the artwork. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น … Continue reading Circles in a Circle ๐ŸŽจโšซ๏ธ๐Ÿ”ด

Still Life, by Paul Gauguin ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿงบ๐Ÿ–Œ

Marking the 171th anniversary of Paul Gauguin, born on 7th June 1848 Still Life with Moss Roses in a Basket, oil painting by Paul Gauguin, 1886, exhibited temporarily at Palazzo Reale in Milan, normally exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art – This delicate floral composition is still influenced by impressionist paintings and was painted by Gauguin following a difficult visit to his wife’s family … Continue reading Still Life, by Paul Gauguin ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿงบ๐Ÿ–Œ

Starry Night Over the Rhรดne, by Van Gogh ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ–ผ

Starry Night Over the Rhรดne, oil pianting by Vincent Van Gogh, September 1888, owned by the Musรฉe d’Orsay in Paris, temporarily exhibited at Tate Britain in London for the exhibition Van Gogh and Britain. The theme of the starry night, which features in various paintings by Van Gogh, was also the inspiration for a lovely song by Don McLean back in the ’70s. Visual Art Continue reading Starry Night Over the Rhรดne, by Van Gogh ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ–ผ

Nataraja, by Riley ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ”ถ๐Ÿ”ท

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งNataraja – oil painting on canvas by Bridget Riley, 1993, Tate Modern, London. Inspired by a trip to India and the colourfulness of popular artworks there. The title refers to the Hindu god Shiva, as Lord of the Dance, with his many arms, rendered on canvas with contrasting colours and geometrical and dynamic shapes, typical of optical art. ย  Pick the colours you love best! … Continue reading Nataraja, by Riley ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ”ถ๐Ÿ”ท

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

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

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

Norham Castle, by Turner ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย Norham Castle, Sunrise, oil painting by JMW Turner 1845, Tate Britain, London – This artwork is part of a series of late unfinished paintings that Turner kept in his studio and were bequeathed to the nation upon his death. Although these artworks may seem sketchy and “impressionistic” they represent a trial run by Turner to explore different studies on light and colour and their marketability. … Continue reading Norham Castle, by Turner ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ