Posts tagged with 'painting'
One of the joys of working at, and visiting, Sudley House is the chance to see, nestling amongst paintings by the likes of Turner, Gainsborough and Reynolds, paintings by a number of 19th century artists less familiar to the average visitor, but whose work and personal stories I often find both surprising and inspiring.
As part of the consultation period prior to the redevelopment of the Lady Lever Art Gallery’s South End galleries we asked visitors about how they would like to see Lord Lever’s collections interpreted. We were keen to explore the use of technology in our displays but were mindful that many people were wary of too much intervention wanting to keep the galleries as they were. However, 99% of those surveyed said that they owned a smartphone and 71% were interested in a venue app and would consider downloading one.
We set to work planning how we could enhance a visit to the Gallery using digital content but not at the expense of the physical experience and so it was decided to develop a simple app which gave visitors, particularly families, an alternative method of exploring the collections in the new galleries and in the comfort of their own homes.
What is it about the Walker Art Gallery’s portrait of 18th century feminist visionary Mary Wollstonecraft that warrants its inclusion in our pioneering new LGBT project Pride and Prejudice? In this blog, art historians Camilla Mørk Røstvik and Lucy Johnson explain why it is so important that this particular painting is brought ‘out of the closet’ and given greater visibility.
What inspires our John Moores Painting Prize artists? Nicholas Middleton is an artist who has been selected five times for the John Moores over the past 12 years – this year his painting ‘Figures in an Arch’ has been chosen for the exhibition.
“The limitations of painting I find quite beautiful” – Michael Simpson, first prizewinner, John Moores 2016
15 July 2016 by Lisa
This Tuesday we’ll have an artist talk by Ira Hoffecker, whose work ‘Camp Moschendorf II’ explores “…the dark Nazi history of Germany”. Find out a little more about the artist and her way of working in this guest blog and don’t miss Ira’s talk at 1pm on Tuesday 12 July, at the Walker Art Gallery. Read more…
9 July 2016 by Xanthe
We know quite a lot about Vigée Le Brun’s portrait of Emma Hamilton, and what she thought of Emma, because in the mid 1820s, towards the end of a long painting career of more than 50 years, she decided to write up her diaries and publish them as memoirs in 1836-37.
Vigée first met Emma when the artist arrived in Naples in 1790, having fled Paris with her 9 year old daughter, at the start of the French Revolution in 1789. Vigée was given refuge by the Queen of Naples, the sister of the French Queen Marie-Antoinette, whose favourite portrait painter was Vigée. When she fled Paris she left her art-dealer husband, Jean-Baptiste Le Brun, behind to protect the family house and studio contents. He was later forced by the French Revolutionary government to divorce her to retain their property. She spent the next 12 years travelling around the courts of continental Europe visiting cities in Italy, Austria and Russia, making a successful living by painting portraits of royalty, aristocrats and their courtiers. Read more…
5 July 2016 by Lisa
14 April 2016 by Laura
The final stage of judging for the John Moores Painting Prize drew to a close last week, so I caught up with artist and juror Phoebe Unwin, to get an insight into the judging and her thoughts on the final exhibition:
What has it been like for you during the final stage of judging?
It was a full-on couple of days, looking long and hard at each work… I don’t think I have ever been in a room surrounded by so many paintings! Read more…