So iconic is the image of The Scream that in our modern times it has become an emoji, as one of the most common human expressions. But pick up your mobile phone now and look at the icon: the character’s hands are pressed against the cheeks, as we usually do when in shock or screaming in fright. In Edvard Munch’s picture, the hands are over the ears, as if to block – or amplify? – a sound. The person depicted is hearing, not necessarily producing, a scream. Puzzled? Who was th
Tate Britain - 27 March – 11 August 2019 In 1873, at the age of twenty, Vincent van Gogh arrived in London as a trainee for the art dealers Goupil. He was fluent in English, and was an avid reader of British literature, from Shakespeare to Victorian novels. He was particularly fascinated by Charles Dickens and George Eliot, whose works were ‘more real than reality’. During his three years in the city, he became acquainted with British art, and visited galleries and museums.
Let’s pretend, for a moment, that you don’t already know too much about Pierre Bonnard, and that you are entering this exhibition with fresh and innocent eyes. Spend some time in Room 1, looking at Young Women in the Garden (1921-3/1945-6), as this painting contains so many clues on Pierre Bonnard, his art, his philosophy, and his approach. The first thing you will probably notice is the half-cut figure on the right. Also, quite striking is the central figure, whose face is i
It's the last few days of this year’s Summer Exhibition, and those of you who were going to see it, probably already have. So why am I writing about it? Because I was lucky enough to be taken on a private guided tour by one of the committee members, RA artist David Mach. David took our group around a wonderfully deserted exhibition, before opening times, and talked about the selection process, and the hard work entailed in putting this show together.
This year’s exhibition