Open to Interpretation

Structural Constellation by Josef Albers, 1913. Machine-engraved Vinylite mounted on wood. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA Op Art1964 onwards The nature of perception and optical effects and illusions has intrigued artists for many centuries. They have been the central focus of art, just as much as themes of history or literature. In … Continue reading Open to Interpretation

A Singing Bird

Poet: Christina Georgina RossettiBorn: 5 December 1830, London, UKNationality: EnglishDied: 29 December 1894, London, UK Pic Rossetti was a poet who wrote romantic, devotional, and children’s poetry. She is best known for her poems ‘Goblin Market’ and ‘Remember’. Rossetti also wrote the lyrics to two well-known Christmas carols, ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’, set to music … Continue reading A Singing Bird

The Thankless Art of Painting

Utrillo’s life could not have been a more Bohemian one. For many the romantic concept of la vie bohème was living a life in Paris of the late-19th and early-20th century but far less dazzling in its reality. The son of Suzanne Valadon, a former circus performer turned artist model and avant garde artist Utrillo never knew his father. Rumours abound that it could have been anyone from Puvisde Chavannes to Renoir to Boissy...

Utilitarian Intentions

Kinetic art is the expression of the fascination with movement and describes a whole swathe of modern art from Impressionism to the present day. Works of art which move, or give the impression of movement – from mobile, mechanical sculpture to Op art paintings which trick the eye into seeing rotation or vibration ...

The Pity of War

Owen, a poet and soldier. was one of leading poets of the First World War, his war poetry on the horrors of the trenches and gas warfare stood in stark contradiction to the public perception of war at the time. His best-know works, most published after his death, include Insensibility, Anthem for Doomed Youth, Futility, Dulce et Decorum est, and Spring Offensive....

Landscape is my Mistress

John Constable by Ramsay Richard Reinagle, 1799. Oil on canvas. The National Portrait Gallery, London, UK Artist: John ConstableBorn: 11 June 1776, Suffolk, EnglandNationality: EnglishMovement: Romanticism, The Sublime in Art, Landscape Painters, British ArtDied: 31 March 1837, London, England Constable, along with JMW Turner, revolutionized landscape painting of the 19th century. His paintings had a … Continue reading Landscape is my Mistress

Plain Old Fun

It appeared inside our classroom at a quarter after ten, it gobbled up the blackboard, three erasers and a pen. It gobbled teacher's apple and it bopped her with the core. “How dare you!” she responded. “You must leave us . . . there's the door.”...

I Am My Own Muse

Artist: Frida Kahlo Born: 6 July 1907, Mexico City, Mexico Nationality: Mexican Movement: Naïve art, Modern art, Surrealism, Magical Realism, Symbolism, Naturalism, Primitivism, Social realism, Cubism Died: 13 July 1954, Mexico City, Mexico...

Serenity Through the Significance of Ideas

FauvismStarted: 1899Ended: 1908 Luxe, Calme et Volupte by Henri Matisse, 1904. Oil on canvas. Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, France The first movement in modern art of the 20th century, the examples of Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, and Georges Seurat inspired Fauvism. A loosely allied group of French painters with shared interests … Continue reading Serenity Through the Significance of Ideas

The Bard

Shakespeare was a poet, playwright, and actor. He is regarded as one of the greatest writers in the English language. Referred to as ‘the Bard’ his works include 39 plays, 154 sonnets, narrative poems and other verses. His plays have been translated into all major languages...

O’ Mice an’ Men

Robert Burns, better known as Rabbie Burns, is was a poet and lyricist. Regarded as the national poet of Scotland, he is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language. A pioneer of the Romantic Movement Burns was a source of inspiration to the founders of both socialism and liberalism...

Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold was a poet and cultural critic who also worked as an inspector of schools. He was the son of Rugby School’s famed headmaster, Thomas Arnold he has been characterized as sage writer who chastises and instructs the reader on social issues of the day....

All Art is Erotic

Artist: Gustav Klimt Born: 14 July 1862, Baumgarten, Austro-Hungarian Empire Nationality: Austrian Movement: Symbolism, Art Nouveau, Died: 6 February 1918, Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Empire Gustav Klimt is remembered as one of the greatest decorative painters of the 20th century, while also producing the century’s most significant body of erotic art. Initially he found success in his … Continue reading All Art is Erotic