Category: Art

Joseph Klibansky – All I Ever Wanted Was Everything and Other Works

I do not remember how I cam across Joseph Klibanksy’s work but I shall certainly be following him keenly from now on. I am always on the lookout for unusual, unique and interesting works of art. Klibansky delivers on all three counts. Below I shall discuss a number of his excellent works in the hope of bringing this new artist to your attention. The Thinker is a 2018 piece, clearly echoing its Rodin namesake, made of polished bronze and spray paint. The scale of this work is most impressive, as you will see from the below work. Rodin’s Thinker...

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Boat Lying at Low Tide – Monet 1881

Avid readers of this blog will know that I am a great fan of Monet. Monet is one of the most celebrated Impressionist Masters. My favourite piece by him is Train at Saint Lazare, but this blog post will focus on Boat Lying at Low Tide, a piece Monet completed in 1881. See it below. There is so much about this which impresses me. Firstly the scale of the thing is massive. It encompasses so much from the workers on the shore to the majestic ship itself, to the row of houses behind. All together the scope and amount...

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Frédéric Bazille – Three Favourites

Inspired in part by Eugène Delacroix, one of the founders of the French Romantic school, Frédéric Bazille (1841-1870) was a French Impressionist painter. He originally studied medicine and indeed completed his studies. However, he never practiced medicine, choosing painting instead. He was close friends with Monet, Sisley and Manet. I will today speak about three paintings of his which I enjoy, starting with The Little Gardener. This is an oil on canvas landscape painting. This is a lovely, serene isolated scene. The pink Rhododendron or peony tree in the background echoes the main piece in today’s review, below. The...

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René Magritte – Three Favourites

You will have seen a few surrealist posts on the blog recently, it was only right I should write one about one of the great contributors to this artistic movement. René Magritte (1898-1967) was a Belgian born artist whose work was primarily in the genre of surrealism. Many will know the famous Son of Man, the portrait of the man with the bowler hat and an apple in front of his face. This post will focus on less famed works of his which I find personally thought provoking. When I first re-discovered Magritte, I looked at the totality of...

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Henriëtte Ronner-Knip – Three Feline Favourites

Henriëtte Ronner-Knip (1821-1909) was born in Amsterdam to Josephus Augustus Knip and Pauline Rifer de Courcelles, both artists. She was the first woman admitted as an “active member” to Arti et Amicitiae, a prestigious art society in Rokin in the Netherlands. From 1870 she painted her most famed works, focussing on cats and dogs in bourgeois settings. We shall focus on a few of them below. The Piano Lesson 1897 This was my first introduction to Ronner. I am a cat person myself hence I shall be biased in favour. This above painting is truly adorable and exquisitely well...

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