Category Archives: Books about art

A painting called Girt by Sea 3 by Lynda Fynn Dickinson

Language and Commerciality

A recent video on the Royal Academy of Art, London’s David Remfry, Royal Academician, and his journey in art over many years was very inspiring.  In it he shares with us the view that many artists need, for commercial survival, to create something that appeals to the public, and not what the artist themselves necessarily […]

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A painting called Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 70 by Robert Motherwell

Shapes : Robert Motherwell

I was first introduced to the abstract expressionist painting of Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) after a visit to the Abstract Expressionist exhibition in Bilbao in 2017.   It is, however, Motherwell’s paintings on Elegy to the Spanish Republic, painted between 1948-1967, which interest me most. He painted over 100 paintings on the subject, and was always seeking […]

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A painting called Untitled by Philip Guston 1980

Shapes : Philip Guston

Over time I have become really interested in shapes, and why some artists have a bee in their bonnet about certain shapes which appeal and intrigue, frustrate or mystify – Cezanne and his mountain, for example. During a visit to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao in 2017, I was also introduced to the work of […]

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Photograph of "Mimosa" by Matisse

Matisse at the Tate Modern

The Henri Matisse: Cut-Outs exhibition ran at London’s Tate Modern from 17th April to 7th September 2014. Built in the former Bankside Power Station, Southwark, the Tate Modern might arguably be one of the most-visited modern museums in the world and it was a great venue for this popular exhibition from one of France’s finest artists. I so enjoyed the […]

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Photograph of "Fleeing Young Girl, 1968" by Joan Miró

Miró in Barcelona

The Joan Miró Foundation’s Centre d’Estudis d’Art Contemporani is a museum honouring the work of Spanish artist Joan Miró.  This stunning modern gallery sits on Montjuïc hill with a commanding view over Barcelona. The museum houses more than 13,000 items including 225 paintings, 169 sculptures, sculptures, graphics and books, and it provides a superb introduction to the life and work of […]

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