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 …

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Painters I’ve been looking At 2: Joaquin Sorolla

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Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923) Spanish painter I find the Spanish painter Sorolla to be one of the most technically amazing painters, because of his ability to render water and the beach light so perfectly. The colour... so sensitive and so dazzling in it's variety... He gets the joy and freedom (with a touch of melancholy) of …

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 …

Following in a cardinal’s footsteps: Gallery visit to Ambrosiana Museum in Milan, Italy

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We recently visited Milan, Italy for the weekend and of course as Milan has a long history (starting from 400 BC with Celtic tribes, through to Romans conquering in 222 BC, to being dominated by the Spanish, Austrians and the French at various times), there is lots of art and architecture to see.  First cab off …

The never ending tinkering of Blogging

If any of you have a blog out there you know that there is always something to do on it -aside from writing the posts that is. It's seriously never ending. You could go all day and night everyday and there'd still be more to do on it. And especially on wordpress you're always being …

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

Claude Monet 'Nympheas' 1915 Pinakothek Munich

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 …

The kangaroo in Australian painting

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Kangaroos are popular in some places... Since I've been living in Sweden, I've found out how many people love australian animals. I had no idea that people all over the world love them. When I was young, growing up in the 60's and 70's, it seemed to me that nobody cared much about australian animals …