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...

Tête de jeune fillette by Henri Laurens

Tête de jeune fillette by Henri Laurens Tête de jeune fillette1920CubismLimestoneTate, London, UK An appearance of smooth, organic and abstracted mutations of the materials themselves Laurens’s various sculptures of female heads are similar to the heads by Constantin Brancusi. And like Brancusi the artist turned to non-Western sources for inspiration, notably African masks. The artist … Continue reading Tête de jeune fillette by Henri Laurens

Woman with a Mandolin by Henri Laurens

Woman with a Mandolin by Henri Laurens Woman with a Mandolin1919CubismUnglazed cast earthenwareSmart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, USA A woman with a mandolin was a common theme and subject among the Cubist painters and sculptors. Laurens used a combination of sharp and curved planar units, blurring the boundaries between the female and the … Continue reading Woman with a Mandolin by Henri Laurens

Nudes in the Forest by Fernand Léger

Nudes in the Forest by Fernand Léger Nudes in the Forest1909-10CubismOil on canvasKröller-Muller State Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands Nudes in the Forest was exhibited at the 1911 Salon des Indépendants and is considered Léger’s first major work, showing his break from Impressionism to Cubism. The influence of Paul Cézanne can be seen in Léger’s focus on … Continue reading Nudes in the Forest by Fernand Léger

A Visit with Christopher and Don, Santa Monica Canyon by David Hockney

A Visit with Christopher and Don, Santa Monica Canyon1984Pop Art, CubismOil on two canvassesMuseum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany Hockney draws on the language of Cubism in creating this view of the Santa Monica Canyon. Throughout his artistic life Cubism has been a strong influence on his style. In this piece Hockney expands the Cubist visual language … Continue reading A Visit with Christopher and Don, Santa Monica Canyon by David Hockney

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...