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In 1900 the art collector Henry Vaughan bequeathed his collection to the three national galleries of Great Britain. One third went to the National Gallery of Scotland, another third went to the Tate Gallery in London and the last 31 drawings and paintings went to the National Gallery in Ireland. The bequest set the condition that the paintings must be made available to the public once a year in January. Watercolour fades easily in sunlight and a exhibition under the grey skies of January should ensure that the works get as little sunlight as possible so that they last longer.
Turner was a Oxford born artist of the romantic period who specialized in landscape paintings. His drawings and water colour pictures are well renowned for their artistic quality and their perfect display of light. I fell in love with Turners works during my time in London. The Tate Gallery and the Turner Wing was my sanctuary during my time in London. Whenever I needed to relax or to just had the urge to forget about the world for a while you could find me there.
Thanks to a 24 Pound return-flight offering by Ryanair I will be able to see this years exhibition in Dublin. If you love paintings that play with light and colour then jump on a plane with Aerlingus or Ryanair and make sure you visit Dublin in January. Bring some colour to your life!
I have just received a letter with some good news. I submitted my painting Turbulence to the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists a few days ago. Right now my mind is not centred on finding exhibitions or galleries to exhibit my paintings. I am still busy with trying to make a living from my own landscape prints and paintings, which I sell online. A friend told me about the RBSA’s latest call for artists in November. I had nothing to lose and submitting is easy – this is one of the cases where being an artist in Birmingham is an advantage.
Turbulence depicts the approaching of dark grey clouds suggesting the arrival of a violent storm. The approaching clouds warn of the upcoming danger. The tension in the surroundings is almost palpable. On a closer look you will see the orange and yellow hues of sunlight peeking through the dark clouds. This arrival of light telling of the departure of the storm can be related with our lives. The message that the painting conveys is that our lives too are prone to hardships but we must always remember that every dark cloud has a silver lining. It tells of how change is the only thing constant in life.
If you’re in Birmingham, come and see ‘Turbulence’. Visit the Open Exhibition at the RBSA Birmingham, which runs for one month from 24th of November to 24th of December 2010.
Until the 5th of December (so only two more weeks) Dublin’s National Gallery hosts a special exhibition of 40 works of Gabriel Metsu. If you are in Dublin make sure you visit it. And thanks to Ryanair and Aer-Lingus it does not cost the world.
Gabriel Metsu was a Dutch painter of the golden age of painting in the Netherlands. No, that does not do him justice! He was one of the leading genre painters of his time and had a formative influence on the painters of his time.
He was born in 1629 and started painting in his home town Leiden at the young age of 14. At the age of 21 he was famous enough to move to Amsterdam where he soon built himself a career as famous artist. Metsu painted in a wide variety of styles and his paintings show his sense of detail. When you see his paintings, you can totally be there. When it comes to mastery of the fine details, the Dutch painters are stellar. I am always stunned by their perfect replication of even the finest details, like the carpet and fine fabrics in his paintings.
One of the details you wont find on the net, but that is given in the exhibition: For a very long time many of he and his works were attributed to a later period of Dutch art. His style was truly ahead of his time and nowadays Johannes Vermeer claimed the throne of the most famous painter of such scenes.
Gabriel Metsu died very young at the age of 37 – but the 40 of his works that have been brought together in Dublin are there for you to enjoy. Don’t miss that chance!
I had the great luck to visit Paris for a week at the beginning in November. You can imagine: Being an artist myself, I was itching to get into the Louvre. The first thing you notice when you come to Paris: Everything is a bit larger and most definitely more elegant than your common English town. I did know that the Louvre was big and I was under the impression it would fill a wing or two of that palace. God I was wrong. That thing is so huuuge! You can easily spend two or three days in there and still you would not have seen everything properly.
In my work I specialize on landscape paintings. I am fascinated by the play of light and colour. And therefore I was itching to see all the old masters I have heard of. To appreciate a painting, you have to stand in front of it. There is something in it that cannot be transported in photos. The vibrancy, the emotions and that sense of immersion. Stand in front of it and let the painting touch you and you will know.
A pleasant surprise I encountered was a couple of works in the Baltic and German rooms of the Louvre. The works of Caspar David Friedrich touched my heart. Caspar David Friedrich was a romantic landscape painter how lived in northern Germany at the beginning of the 19th century. His works feature gorgeous sunsets, vibrant colours. He really shows a strong sense of being one with nature – and he mastered the art of transferring those moments onto his canvas.I just love it.
(To see more of his works, visit http://www.caspardavidfriedrich.org/ )