Rembrandt The Late Works at the National Gallery: unearthly brilliance

Rembrandt, Self Portrait as the Apostle Paul (detail), 1661 On 5 October 1669 the sheriff’s men are called to Rembrandt’s house on the Rozengracht in Amsterdam, fetched there by his 14-year old daughter Cornelia, his only surviving child and sole offspring of his relationship with Hendrickje Stoffels whose death six years earlier had left him distraught. … Continue reading Rembrandt The Late Works at the National Gallery: unearthly brilliance

Painting with scissors: Matisse’s cut-outs at Tate Modern

Fortuitously, my recent trip to France was bookended by visits to exhibitions that showcased Matisse at the beginning and at the end of his career.  Towards the end of the first day I visited the Musee Matisse in his home town of Le Cateau-Cambresis, which houses an astonishing collection of his work, including striking examples from … Continue reading Painting with scissors: Matisse’s cut-outs at Tate Modern

Cezanne in Oxford: glorious paintings from the collection of the man who sold fridges

Cezanne, Forest Interior (Sous Bois), c 1890, watercolour and graphite (view full screen at Pearlman Collection here) Last week we made a trip to Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum to see Cezanne and the Modern, an exhibition of matchless paintings and watercolours, mainly by Cézanne, but with works, too, by Van Gogh, Sisley, Gauguin, and Degas – all of them … Continue reading Cezanne in Oxford: glorious paintings from the collection of the man who sold fridges

Uncommon Ground at Yorkshire Sculpture Park: ‘looking hard at real things’

Antony Gormley, Flat Tree, 1978 (photo by Jonty Wilde, courtesy of YSP) After viewing the profound and meditative works by Ai Weiwei in the chapel at Yorkshire Sculpture Park last week, I spent some time looking at the current exhibition in the Longside Gallery there: Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966 – 1979. Artists operating in the category … Continue reading Uncommon Ground at Yorkshire Sculpture Park: ‘looking hard at real things’