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Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901 The Courtauld Gallery

 
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 6:19 pm    Post subject: Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901 The Courtauld Gallery  Reply with quote

Somerset House is a terrific building and always has great art...free as well. For me painting didn't start until 1874  and the impressionism section is second to none. Plenty of Cezanne with his dark mottled hues. Two of the great VG's works including the one i have had hanging on my wall for thirty years  now and other sublime works of the genre. Two week ago there was a special exhibition of Picasso from 1901, an epiphany year for him i think as he came through his hardened impressionism into his sombre melancholic blue period after learning of the suicide of his friend before finding his brilliant abstract vocation.

The exhibition showed works he showed in the 1901 Versailles exhibition. Dancers and other female figures shown as hardened worldly wise performers. The complete antithesis of the Degas figures all genteel, graceful and almost too perfect. There is the stunning Dwarf dancer that epitomised this reaction.

The year is renowned for his transition into the blue period and there are two pairs of paintings that represent that with striking impact. One pair are self portraits. The earlier one depicting a dashing flamboyant almost flamenco figure whilst the latter depicts a dark reflection he might have seen in the mirror whilst contemplating is sadness.

The other pair are of women and child. The first a cosy depiction of secure maternal bonding  whilst the second shows the pair seemingly destitute wandering the outskirts of a town.

What is art? people always ask. If it moves you in some way then it probably is Art is one answer and this did. But to where? is another question it asks.

http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/exhibitions/2013/becoming-picasso/
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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

May take a look myself.
Was only saying to my youngest daughter over the weekend about taking her to a gallery in that there London. Asked her if she had heard of any Artist to which she replied, Monet. she's only six.
Seems they teach them very young at school these days. Saying that i had all the , John Constable thang thrown at me during Primary school, being in Constable Country and all that. Piccaso and the likes were never mentioned. Shame that.
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 4:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Somerset House is one of the unsung gems of old London Town. Mrs. D used to work across from it and when we visited it a couple of years ago she said she felt like a gonk for never visiting it when she lived there and all the wasted dinner hours she could have spent in there. The permanent collection is one of the best in London and we were lucky enough to catch an exhibition of photographer Bruce Davidsons unsurpassed (IMHO) B&W photos taken of life in New York at the end of the fifties. Great place.
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That there London is full of people who claim they "love it" but do fuck all to exploit being in it. Maybe it's best not to live there and realy enjoy it on visits
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That there London is full of people who claim they "love it" but do fuck all to exploit being in it. Maybe it's best not to live there and realy enjoy it on visits


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Totally off topic but here are some Bruce Davidson pics I mentioned earlier:

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dock wrote:
Totally off topic but here are some Bruce Davidson pics I mentioned earlier:




Thanks for the extensive gallery.
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sheeps wrote:
Dock wrote:
Totally off topic but here are some Bruce Davidson pics I mentioned earlier:




Thanks for the extensive gallery.


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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, great pictures, totally trumped my Picasso thread





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I'd swear that was Tommy Lee Jones.


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