Entries by Barbara

David Hockney at Tate Britain: 9 February – 29 May 2017

David Hockney Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) 1972 Private Collection © David Hockney Born in Bradford in July 1937 the fourth of five children, Hockney remains one of the most popular and influential British artists of the 20th century.  One of the founders of the British pop art movement of the 1960s, in 1964 […]

National Portrait Gallery announces major exhibition of Cézanne Portraits: October 2017

The major new exhibition, Cézanne Portraits, will bring together over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world.  Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) painted almost 200 portraits, including 26 of himself and 29 of his wife, Hortense Fiquet.  Cézanne is considered one of the most influential artists of the nineteenth century.  Generally categorised as a ‘Post-Impressionist’, he has […]

New Leonardo da Vinci drawing discovered

A 530 year old pen and ink sketch of St Sebastian by Leonardo da Vinci was identified this week – found by a French doctor.  Valued at just under £12.5 million, the beautifully executed highly expressive drawing shows the muscular Saint bound to a tree in a desolate landscape and looking to Heaven.  The exciting […]

Australia’s Impressionists: National Gallery – and – KidsArt! Competition

“A Holiday at Mentone”, Charles Conder, 1888. Oil on canvas 46.2 x 60.8 cm. Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide South Australian Government Grant with the assistance of Bond Corporation Holdings Limited through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation to mark the Gallery’s Centenary 1981. © Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide The Australian Impressionists were a […]

“Five Drunken Kings Return on Horses” – sold for US$44m

Five Drunken Kings Return on Horses, a 2-metre-long hand scroll by Ren Renfa, was sold at a Beijing Auction for US$44m (303 million yuan) earlier this week [4 December 2016], a record for the highest paid Chinese artwork sold at auction in 2016.  Ren Renfa was a prominent painter of horses and also a high-ranking official in charge of water controls […]

Abstract Expressionism – Royal Academy

Jackson Pollock, Blue poles, 1952. Enamel and aluminium paint with glass on canvas, 212.1 x 488.9 cm. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. © The Pollock-Krasner Foundation ARS, NY and DACS, London 2016. Don’t miss the Royal Academy’s fantastic new blockbuster exhibition. Abstract Expressionism was the first all-American art movement or, as the RA explain, “art phenomena” – not […]

Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Illuminations

Christie’s online auction of Medieval and Renaissance manuscript illuminations, including survivals from secular and religious texts, leaves from renowned codices such as the Hungerford Hours and the Bessarion antiphonals.  Featuring works of Attavante degli Attavanti, Bonifacio Bembo, Neri da Rimini and Don Simone Camaldolese. Estimates start at £300. Ends 8 December! click here to access […]

2016 Christmas Art Camp

Pieter Bruegel, the Elder – Winter Landscape with Skaters and Bird Trap, 1565 Oil on panel, 37 x 55,5 cm. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. The painting is thought to show the Brabant village of Fed Saint Anne near Diben, with skaters in the foreground and a town in the mist.  Can you see the bird trap? […]