A visit to the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

We went to Amsterdam for a couple of days last week and the number one place to get to for me was the Van Gogh (1853-1890) museum (which also shows his contemporaries like Gauguin’s painting of Van Gogh painting the sunflowers) which we did first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds. I actually…

Painters I’ve been looking at: 3

Winslow Homer (1836-1910) did some superb sea paintings. Here’s one. Feels chilly just looking at it. Winslow Homer ‘Summer Squall’ 1904 Oil I’m not a plein air painter at all but I still like looking at them. The Australian plein air painters (they call them the Australian impressionists in Australia) Roberts  and Streeton painted the…

The art of seeing the Invisible- Hilma af Klint

At the moment on swedish tv they’re showing a series of interviews with various art historians and specialists from all over the world about Hilma af Klint, the swedish painter (1862-1944), and her milieu called The art of seeing the Invisible. Basically it explores the connections between af Klint and Rudolf Steiner, theosophy and anthroposophy and other contemporary…

New Twitter Art Exhibit: Orlando, Florida

There’s a new call for artists for the new Twitter Art Exhibit in Orlando, Florida for 2014. Anyone who’s on twitter can contribute a postcard sized art piece on any theme. (I wrote about the earlier one here.) This year at the Los Angeles event I sold my postcard entry which was great. Basically the…

Edward Hopper at the Grand Palais

I noticed recently that the great American painter Edward Hopper (1882-1967) is having a retrospective in Paris of most of his works, current until 28th January 2013. He is one painter I’ve never had a real passion for, though recently I was looking at his work and how he used the figure in interiors and became…

‘Land and Sea’: John Fitzgerald’s new exhibition of paintings

Update:  John Fitzgerald’s 2016 exhibition   I wrote a few posts ago about my friend John’s Fitzgeralds painting. Well now he’s having his first exhibition which is fantastic. Titled ‘Land and Sea’ the exhibition features vibrant acrylic landscape paintings inspired by the Otways Ranges outside Melbourne. I wish I was there. But if you’re lucky…

An unexpected visit to the National Gallery of Denmark

I had to be dragged along to the National Gallery of Denmark. We were only in Copenhagen for an afternoon so time was precious and I’d wanted to go to a couple of other places….. Was I wrong. This Italian Renaissance revival style gallery is cram packed full of masterpieces from Western art from the…

Monet’s waterlily paintings at the Musee de L’Orangerie

Who doesn’t like Claude Monet (1840–1926)? Nobody as far as I know. Though when I was first learning about the French impressionists I thought I was very cool calling him a chocolate box artist. Well so what! I wish I was so lucky as to be a chocolate box artist. Well sort of. I still…

A spring visit to Gothenburg Museum of Art

Sweden’s pretty flat from what I’ve seen so far. In fact dead flat, though I haven’t been north yet but Gothenburg’s (Göteborg) surrounded by these small pine covered hills which makes it quite picturesque. It’s on the west coast of Sweden and its second largest city and most important port. At the Gothenburg Museum of…

Musée Madness: A visit to Musée du Louvre, Paris

The Louvre nearly killed us. It’s a gigantic French Renaissance style palace- an incredible 60,600 square metres. There are thousands and thousands of artworks on display (about 35,000 in fact from pre-history to the 19th century). You could probably spend years looking at it all and there’d still be more. The collections range from European painting…

Walk like an Egyptian: A visit to the British Museum

Recently we managed (amongst the insane Boxing Day shopping ) to visit the British Museum in London, which is one of the museums in the world you must see. Plus it’s free so no excuses. (Of course you’ve got to get there. I’m going by train next time as I’ve still got ringing in the ears…