One of the things I love to do in London is take a leisurely stroll around the art galleries. Trying to view everything is impossible and I prefer to concentrate on one area of a gallery or perhaps particular artists. A few weeks ago I managed to pop into four galleries during my three day stay!
Tate Britain which opened in 1897 on Millbank, is not only home to historic and contemporary British art (from 1500 to the present day) but it's also an imposing and impressive building with a stunning domed ceiling.....
........and a very impressive staircase too!
The gallery suffered bomb damage during the Second World War but most of the collection was in safe storage elsewhwere.
According to the inscription, these two ladies below were born on the same day, married the same day and gave birth the same day!
|The Cholmondeley Ladies c.1600-1610|
British School 17th century
George Clausen's 'Brown Eyes' caught my eye!
|'Brown Eyes' 1891|
Turner is one of my favourite British artists and the Tate is known for its extensive collection.
|'Chichester Canal' c1828|
David Hockney is considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century .......
|Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy 1970-71|
The Tate Modern is based in the former Bankside Power Station and with its international collection of modern and contemporary art it is apparently the most visited modern art gallery in the world!
The huge Turbine Hall is the perfect location to display the American artist Richard Tuttle's largest ever sculpture.
|'I Don't Know. The Weave of Textile Language'|
I was fascinated by the detail in Meredith Frampton's 'Portrait of a Young Woman' and the way in which the dress drapes so beautifully. It was apparently made up from a Vogue pattern by Frampton's mother.
|'Portrait of a Young Woman'|
When the National Portrait Gallery opened in 1856, it was the first portrait gallery in the world and it now houses portraits of historically important and famous British people.
The portrait of Princess Diana below was painted at the time of her engagemnent to the Prince of Wales in the Yellow Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace ....
|Diana, Princess of Wales 1981|
The collection in this gallery includes photographs, caricatures as well as paintings and sculptures and the portraits are selected according to the importance of the sitter and not the artist!
Around the corner, in Trafalgar Square stands the imposing National Gallery, a favourite of mine both for its artwork and its grand architecture.
Shortly before the outbreak of World War II the paintings were evacuated to Wales and returned in 1945. Here are a few highlights from my visit...
|'The Ambassadors' 1533|
Hans Holbein The Younger
Monet's famous painting 'The Water-Lily Pond' brought back memories of our visit to his home and garden in Giverny, Northern France a few years ago.
|'The Water-Lily Pond' 1899|
|'The Skiff' (La Yole) 1875|
Photos really do not do justice to Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'. Entering the room, I was immediately struck by the yellow glow from this iconic painting. It's worth a visit to the National Gallery to see this one work of art alone!
Vincent Van Gogh
Van Gogh associated the colour yellow with hope and friendship. He must have been particularly pleased with this painting as he hung it in the guest bedroom at his home in Arles in anticipation of the arrival of his friend, the artist Paul Gauguin.
I was so impressed with my visit to The National Gallery that I even bought a souvenir book!
For one reason or another, it's been a hectic time over here and you will have noticed that I took an unexpected break. I'm hoping to be posting more regularly again and catching up on my blog reading is a priority too ...........