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“Christ Mocked”, Cimabue – auction record!

Christ Mocked, (Cenni di Pepo) Cimabue, c 1240 – 1302.  Painted on wood – 26cm x 20cm (Detail) This rare tiny painting, part of a larger polyptych depicting the crucifixion of Christ, was sold at auction today (27 October 2019) for €24m, making it the most expensive medieval painting ever sold and ranking Cimabue amongst da Vinci, […]

Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy: 20 July — 27 October 2019

Self-portrait, 1912 The UK’s first major exhibition devoted to the work of Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946), one of Finland’s greatest 20th century artists who painted well into her 80’s, having been recognised as a child prodigy from the age of 11.  The exhibition features over 60 portraits, landscapes and still lifes, including a sequence of self-portraits which […]

Félix Vallotton – Painter of Disquiet. At the Royal Academy of Arts: 30 June — 29 September 2019

Red Peppers (Poivrons rouges), 1915.  Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Dübi-Müller Foundation, Photo © SIK-ISEA, Zurich   The UK’s first major exhibition of Félix Vallotton (1865 – 1925), Swiss / French painter and print maker, drawing together more than 80 paintings and prints, including portraits, landscapes and satirical prints.  Contemporary of Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillardof, he is best known for his […]

“Gauguin Portraits” at The National Gallery until 26 January 2020

Paul Gauguin, ‘Christ in the Garden of Olives’, 1889 Paul Gauguin (1848 – 1903)  Father of Modern Art, with hyper-real colours, exaggerated body proportions, strong contrasts and mystical symbols.  A banker turned artist, he abandoned his middle-class life and family and sailed to Tahiti  seeking primitive beauty.  He dreamed of pursuing art in paradise.  French born, […]

Edvard Munch – “Love and Angst” at the British Museum: 11 April – 21 July 2019

Edvard Munch, The Sick Child 1, 1896 (detail) Edvard Munch (1863 – 1944) is Norway’s most famous artist and father of Expressionism, his iconic Scream is a symbol of modern day anxiety and rivals Mona Lisa in “recognisability” even having its own emoji. Born in Kristiania (modern day Oslo), Munch – pronounced “Munc” – rejected his […]

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up – at the V&A from Saturday, 16 June 2018

Frida Kahlo, communist revolutionary and feminist icon, was born in Mexico in 1907 and is one of the most recognised artists of the 20th century.  As a young child she contracted polio so her right leg was thinner and shorter than the left which she tried to conceal with large-skirted dresses.  Tragically, as a teenager, […]