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Lost treasure trove of Hokusai drawings!

Katsushika Hokusai (1829), Cats and hibiscus: a standoff between two cats, with hibiscus (fuyō) behind (detail) The British Museum has acquired 103 “lost” Hokusai black-and-white drawings, created when Hokusai (1760-1849) was 70.  The drawings were intended as illustrations for a book called 万物絵本大全図 (Great Picture Book of Everything), but which was never published.   “These works are a […]

Lichtenstein’s signature‘Ben-Day dot’ style!

Roy Lichtenstein, Nude with Joyous Painting, 1994 (70″ x 53″) (detail) Lichtenstein painted the work in his signature ‘Ben-Day dot’ style (named after illustrator and printer Benjamin Henry Day Jr.), recreating the printing and photoengraving techniques dating from 1879 and creating images inspired by comic books from the 1950s through to the 1970s.  The image Lichtenstein used […]

Chagall’s lithographs for Four Tales from the Arabian Nights

Marc Chagall (1887-1985): Four Tales from the Arabian Nights, Pantheon Books, New York, 1948 – 5th plate (detail – full image below)  The set of twelve lithographs are being auctioned by Christie’s Online with bidding open until 14 May 2020. Each lithograph illustrates a piece of the text from one of the tales.  This image relates to the […]

“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, […]