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Goya and the Philippines junta: power mocked

May 24, 2015 0 Comments
Goya and the Philippines junta: power mocked

The town of Castres has several claims to fame. At its centre handsome rows of old tanners’ and weavers’ houses overhang the river Agout. It was where the socialist leader and peacemaker Jean Jaurès was born in 1859. It has a flourishing ‘Top 14’ rugby side. And it contains the Goya Museum, which specialises in […]

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Atalanta

March 8, 2015 0 Comments
Atalanta

For International Women’s Day, here’s a Greek woman of formidable talent and power. Since 1935 she’s lived in Swansea, in the collection of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. She’s hidden away from public view at the moment while the Gallery’s home is being modernised. She was absent from the big Christopher Williams exhibition curated by […]

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Vivienne Williams

October 26, 2014 3 Comments
Vivienne Williams

Still life as a genre has a long history. Pictures of plenty – fruits of nature arranged by human hand – are common on Roman painted walls and mosaics. Renaissance artists picked out collections of food, natural and prepared, from the incidental details of medieval paintings and placed them centre stage. The golden age of […]

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Whistler’s long voyage: Rotherhithe to Battersea

January 8, 2014 0 Comments
Whistler’s long voyage: Rotherhithe to Battersea

‘Whistler and the Thames’, which comes to an end at the Dulwich Picture Gallery on 12 January, is the best sort of exhibition: one that places right in front of your retina an artist previously spotted only with peripheral vision. James McNeill Whistler was born in Lowell, Mass. in 1834, moved with his family to […]

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Edgar Degas and the art of ironing

July 23, 2013 1 Comment
Edgar Degas and the art of ironing

Ironing clothes is one of the small but rewarding pleasures of life. I tend to do it in the kitchen on a Sunday morning, when the sun falls on the ironing board and good music comes from the radio.  Smoothing creases in cotton always has a calming effect on the mind.  Occasionally the regular passage […]

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