The Molten Force of the Sunflower****

‘I, indeed, before, others, have taken the sunflower,’ wrote Vincent Van Gogh to Paul Gauguin on 21 January 1889 with remarkable assurance for a man of such febrile temperament. Ever since, the whole world has inclined to agree with him. The name Van Gogh has become identified with his various painted representations of it. Without … Continue reading The Molten Force of the Sunflower****

Those Long Afternoons in Paris: the voyeur’s view of Edouard Vuillard ****

The sheer oddness of the angle of view is what appeals above all things else. Too pent? Too wonky? Too side-on? The painter Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940) lived for much of his life in a variety of rather small apartments in Paris, hugger mugger with his mother and his sister... The Family After the Meal (1891), … Continue reading Those Long Afternoons in Paris: the voyeur’s view of Edouard Vuillard ****

Bingeing on the Biennale’s Bellinis

For art's sake: visitors mass on press day outside the Arsenale Henry James once described Venice as infinitely sad; touchingly, agonisingly haunted by the loss of its own once great significance as one of the greatest maritime empires the world has ever known. And a journey after nightfall up the Grand Canal by Vaporetto Uno … Continue reading Bingeing on the Biennale’s Bellinis