MASTERPIECE LONDON 2015: Pictures

William Blake 'The Virgin hushing the young John the Baptist',1799.  Lowell Libson

William Blake
‘The Virgin hushing the young John the Baptist’,1799.
Lowell Libson

 

The Hall Place Quartet by William James (Fl 1754 -1771)  Four views of the Thames, Old London Bridge, Somerset House and one the River Thames at York Steps Oil on canvas. James Harvey British and Sporting Art

The Hall Place Quartet by William James (Fl 1754 -1771)
Four views of the Thames, Old London Bridge, Somerset House and one the River Thames at York Steps
Oil on canvas.
James Harvey British and Sporting Art

 

The Hongs of Canton, c1772. An exceptionally large panoramic scroll, gouache on silk laid on paper, 91.5x276cm.  Martyn Gregory

The Hongs of Canton, c1772. An exceptionally large panoramic scroll, gouache on silk laid on paper, 91.5x276cm.
Martyn Gregory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R.B. Kitaj, Sighs from Hell, 1979. Pastel and charcoal on joined sheets of paper.  Thomas Gibson Fine Art

R.B. Kitaj, Sighs from Hell, 1979. Pastel and charcoal on joined sheets of paper.
Thomas Gibson Fine Art

 

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MASTERPIECE LONDON 2015 OPENS TOMORROW

MASTERPIECE LONDON 2015, South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3, 25th June – 1st July 2015

 

Outside On the Red Carpet Masterpiece 2014.  Photo credit Rory Lindsay

Outside On the Red Carpet Masterpiece 2014.
Photo credit Rory Lindsay

There is little doubt that Masterpiece London is a very special fair with objects spanning over 4, 000 years being shown by some 150 galleries. It is a magnet for both collectors and museums round the world and a place to see some outstanding treasures.

As its Chief Executive Nazy Vassegh explains, “The 8 days when Masterpiece takes place is the epicentre of the art season in London. After just five years Masterpiece is now firmly regarded as both a leading international art fair and a welcome addition to the summer season in London. We are particularly delighted by the exhibitors and partners that will join us for the 2015 edition.”

I do hope that many of you will be able to visit this exciting Fair and over the coming days I shall share some of the objects you may find there.

Interior shot of Masterpiece 2014

Interior shot of Masterpiece 2014

 

 Open to the public:

Thursday 25 June & Friday 26 June, 11.00–21.00

Saturday 27 June & Sunday 28 June, 11.00–19.00

Monday 29 June 11.00–21.00

Tuesday 30 June 11.00–18.00 (Followed by The Art Gala at Masterpiece in aid of the NSPCC from 19.00)

Wednesday 1 July, 11.00–21.00

 

2015 Ticket Prices:

 

General Admission Full Access: £42 per person (unlimited entry into the Fair on all Public Days between 25 June and 1 July)

General Admission: £25 per person (single day access)

Student Concession Ticket: £18 per person (with valid student ID)

Under 18s: Free

Phillip King sculpture at Masterpiece 2014.  Photo credit Rory Lindsay photography

Phillip King sculpture at Masterpiece 2014.
Photo credit Rory Lindsay photography

 

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‘Experiments in Paint’

Joshua Reynolds:’Experiments in Paint’, The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1, until 7th June 2015

Joshua Reynolds,  Sir Joshua Reynolds, c. 1747-49,  © National Portrait Gallery, London

Joshua Reynolds,
Sir Joshua Reynolds, c. 1747-49,
© National Portrait Gallery, London

I have to admit to being a fan of the work of Sir Joshua Reynolds, a founder and the first president of the Royal Academy, indeed my first holiday project at school was on him. So imagine my delight in the current exhibition at the Wallace Collection and, like many others, I have visited it more than once and will certainly return again.

Joshua Reynolds,  The 4th Duke of Queensberry ('Old Q') as Earl of March, 1759  © The Wallace Collection

Joshua Reynolds,
The 4th Duke of Queensberry (‘Old Q’) as Earl of March, 1759
© The Wallace Collection

Although many of his clientele were establishment figures of the day, Reynolds was keen to experiment with materials and the methods of creating his paintings as the twenty on view, together with X-ray images and archival sources reveal. You will discover compositional changes, his sometimes unusual choices of materials and how he built up the image on canvas.

Joshua Reynolds, Studio Experiments in Colour and Media © Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Joshua Reynolds, Studio Experiments in Colour and Media
© Royal Academy of Arts, London.

As well as works from the Wallace collection there are also loans from the UK, Europe and the USA so that one can gets a wide survey of his works, whether portraits, historical or “fancy” subjects. As Reynolds said in 1784 “A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts”

The Strawberry Girl Joshua Reynolds,  The Strawberry Girl, 1772-3,  © The Wallace Collection,  Photo: The National Gallery, London

The Strawberry Girl
Joshua Reynolds,
The Strawberry Girl, 1772-3,
© The Wallace Collection,
Photo: The National Gallery, London

Hopefully see you there!

Joshua Reynolds,  Mrs Mary Robinson, 1783-4,  © The Wallace Collection,  Photo: The National Gallery, London

Joshua Reynolds,
Mrs Mary Robinson, 1783-4,
© The Wallace Collection,
Photo: The National Gallery, London

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BOOK REVIEW: Gods and Heroes

Gods and Heroes Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris

Emmanuel Schwartz, Emmanuelle Brugerolles and Patricia Mainardi

Published by GILES in association with the American Federation of Arts
Price — UK£39.95/US$59.95
ISBN — 978-1-907804-12-0

 

G&H-0602-Cover

This book, which records an eponymous touring exhibition in the USA, is a great celebration of the important role that the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris had on European art in the 17th-19th centuries.
As I explained in my blog (01/12/13) about the Wallace Collection’s exhibition The Male Nude: Eighteenth-century drawings from the Paris Academy the École’s role was to prepare the most promising artists for their future role in painting for patrons – royal, ecclesiastical or state. Their training included depicting the world of gods, classical or biblical, and heroes, real and mythological and they were taught to reflect the ideology and aesthetic taste of their time.
The École is not only a repository for works by some of the great French artists that studied there but also for those of other great European artists such as da Vinci, Durer, Rembrandt and Van Dyck. It is a book which is a visual and informative delight for all who are interested in painting, drawing and sculpture.