THE WORLD STILL ISN’T READY FOR PICASSO

THE WORLD STILL ISN’T READY FOR PICASSO

The World Still Isn’t Ready For Picasso Picasso’s Women of Algiers (Version O) broke all barriers for the sale price of a painting at auction when it went under the hammer in New York recently, fetching $179m (around £115 million) at Christie’s amid high...
NICHOLAS HILLIARD

NICHOLAS HILLIARD

Nicholas Hilliard’s unusual portraits We’ve looked at some unusual self-portraits in a previous post, and this one isn’t a self-portrait (we actually don’t know who the subject is) but it is certainly one of the most unusual portraits...
UNUSUAL SELF PORTRAITS

UNUSUAL SELF PORTRAITS

A look at some unconventional self-representations in art history Writing a recent post about my new discovery – the Peale family of artists from nineteenth century Massachusetts I came across a striking self portrait by Rembrandt Peale. The main reason...
TROMPE L’OEIL PAINTINGS

TROMPE L’OEIL PAINTINGS

The art of Trompe l’œil (paintings which ‘deceive the eye’) I recently wrote about the Peale family of American late 18th/ early 19th century artists and specifically about one Rembrandt Peale. His father, an illustrious artist and naturalist who...
RUBENS PEALE AND HIS GERANIUM

RUBENS PEALE AND HIS GERANIUM

‘Rubens Peale With A Geranium’ by Rembrandt Peale, 1802 I love discovering new great paintings that I’d never come across before. Studying art history at university we mostly only covered artists I’d heard of already, with a few exceptions...
GAUGUIN’S ‘NAFEA FAA IPOIPO’

GAUGUIN’S ‘NAFEA FAA IPOIPO’

Gauguin becomes the world’s new most valuable artist And the new most expensive painting in the world now is: Gauguins’s When Will You Marry? (Or Nafea Faa Ipoipo, to give it the original Tahitian title which Gauguin bestowed on it, for authenticity) This...
MODERN SNOWSCAPES

MODERN SNOWSCAPES

An Icy Blast from Mark Thompson All images reproduced with kind permission of the artist. I’d urge you to visit his website and see them in high resolution to fully appreciate them. To be titled © Mark Thompson http://www.markthompson-artist.com I love Mark...
NEW YORK WINTER PAINTINGS

NEW YORK WINTER PAINTINGS

Winter in NYC, circa late nineteenth century I love New York but have only ever been there in summer and am envious of people who make winter trips to see it in snow. So if you can’t make it there this year, here are some pictorial substitutes of New York looking very...
PAINTINGS OF SNOW

PAINTINGS OF SNOW

My favourite snowy scenes I’m a complete sucker for snow – probably because I live in London where we never get enough to get tired of it and really experience the inconvenience it can bring if you have it for weeks! You can have a very romantic view of...
CHRISTMASSY PICTURES

CHRISTMASSY PICTURES

My favourite wintry scenes for Christmas Not images of Christmas, specifically, but the cosiest paintings to enjoy when it’s time to wrap up warm and stay inside! Enjoy…. Childe Hassam, Winter, Midnight, 1894. Hassam (1859-1935) was a prolific American...

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