Posts tagged with 'painting'
15 April 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…
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…
Pride and Prejudice Project Researcher, Lynn Wray, gives her opinion on why Simeon Solomon’s ‘Mystery of Faith’, best encapsulates the spirit of ‘Beauty and Rebellion’ in the Walker Art Gallery’s exhibition exploring Liverpool’s role in the Pre-Raphaelite movement.
“Simeon Solomon was both famously beautiful and infamously rebellious. Born in London in 1840, he became particularly attracted to Christian themes despite his Jewish upbringing. Read more…
30 March 2016 by David Crombie
In summer 2015 Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun’s painting Lady Hamilton as a Bacchante from the Lady Lever Art Gallery was conserved by Kristina Mandy. Kristina joined National Museums Liverpool as a paintings conservator on a six month contract from May to November 2015. She describes her work on the painting, which you can now see back on display at the Lady Lever Art Gallery:
“During my contract at National Museums Liverpool I had the fantastic opportunity to conserve this beautiful portrait of Lady Hamilton from the early 1790s. Read more…
17 March 2016 by Laura
This week museums all over the world have been taking part in #MuseumRainbow on social media. It’s been wonderful to see all kinds of unique collections shared globally in this joyful way.
Inspired by all the bright colours that have filled my computer screen, it felt like the right time to share one of the stories behind a striking painting featured in the Walker’s exhibition, ‘Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion’ (open till 5 June 2016). Read more…
19 January 2016 by Megan
Have you ever wondered what something in a painting means, or what the artist intended to say?
Take the image on the left, a detail from J.M. Strudwick’s ‘Love’s Palace’ (in the Drawing Room at Sudley House). Can you see the bubble? Do you know what it means? Read more…
8 December 2015 by Lisa
We’ve had more than 2,500 entries into the John Moores Painting Prize this year and we’re now looking forward to the first stage of judging for this £25,000 prize. Nicola from the John Moores team went down to London last week to meet some of the jury and here’s what she got up to… Read more…
5 November 2015 by Lisa
It’s the final few days of the John Moores Painting Prize call for entries and the last weeks of the REALITY exhibition – so who better to interview than an artist strongly connected to both; Graham Crowley.