Illusion

Artists often create illusions. Using technique to make you see things well beyond just a 2D surface. The picture above proves how the eye and brain can be easily led […]

The 5 rules of modern art

So let’s play devil’s advocate here. Anything is “art” purely if the “artist” says that it is. No other criteria apply. This is irrefutable and cannot be challenged. The physical […]

The Shock of the New

Many years ago the BBC was a world class broadcaster; politically neutral, comedy that was actually funny and unafraid to broadcast high brow content. Unlike today where it is just […]

Macchiaioli, Impressionism 10 years before the Impressionists?

The Macchiaioli were a group of Italian painters who predated the Impressionists with whom they had many very striking similarities. Named “Macchiaioli” as an insult by a critical journalist writing in  in November […]

An Artist a Day

This is great fun, takes little time and is very interesting indeed. The history of art is like an incredibly complicated jigsaw, with the individual artists as the pieces. The […]

Was modernism only about style?

Paul Cézanne, Mont Sainte-Victoire, 1902-04, oil on canvas, 73 x 91.9 cm (Philadelphia Museum of Art) When discussing style we have to look at what the word actually means. A […]

Henri Matisse. A modern artist for two ages.

In 1905, accompanied by the artist Andre Derain, Matisse (then 35) went to Collioure in South West France, near the Spanish border. Here he moved on from Neo Impressionism to […]

Rogier van der Weyden and Hans Memling compared

Rogier van der Weyden (a.k.a. Roger de la Pasture) (c1399-1464) was born in Tornai in the Burgundian Netherlands and served an apprenticeship there between 1427 and 1432 with the great […]

Northern Renaissance and Religion

In the mid fifteenth century there were very few media that suspended human disbelief, just visual art and acted plays, so the power of a virtual window into an alternate […]

Roadmenders in the rue de Berne, Eduard Manet

Painted in 1878, oil on canvas, measuring 63cm X 79cm. This painting portrays Haussmann’s reconstruction of Paris as it is actually happening, additionally it is one of Manet’s paintings that […]