Joan Miro

6 03 2015

Joan Miro was a revolutionary. He did not want to change us, so much as wake us up. We were mud with eyes and we had to open them.

Joan Miró i Ferrà (Catalan: [ʒuˈam miˈɾo]; 20 April 1893 – 25 December 1983) was a Catalan, Spanishpainter, sculptor, and ceramicist born in Barcelona. A museum dedicated to his work, the Fundació Joan Miró, was established in his native city of Barcelona in 1975, and another, the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró, was established in his adoptive city of Palma de Mallorca in 1981.

Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as Surrealism, a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan pride. In numerous interviews dating from the 1930s onwards, Miró expressed contempt for conventional painting methods as a way of supporting bourgeois society, and famously declared an “assassination of painting” in favour of upsetting the visual elements of established painting. (Wikipedia)

By the pool with Victor

6 03 2015

By the pool with Victorby David Halliday

Lucian Freud

5 03 2015

I have found Freud’s work almost painful to look at. The characters all look like they’re in some long drawn out depression. Or at least a bad mood. Nevertheless it is beautiful work. He is in a way handicapped by his family’s name. People automatically associate his work with Sigmund Freud’s ideas. Perhaps someone could make a case for it but I don’t see it.

Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry

5 03 2015

Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry was a Hungarian painter who was part of the avant-garde movement of the early twentieth century. Working mostly in Budapest, he was one of the first Hungarian painters to become known in Europe.

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Just before the cold snap snapped…

5 03 2015

Just before the cold snap snappedby David Halliday

Francis Bacon

4 03 2015

The first time I saw a Bacon painting I thought I was looking at a hybrid. Some kind of cross between Henry Moore and Picasso. Except it was scarier. Was Frances Bacon, Jack the Ripper? God, he seems to be hiding some horrible crime. Perhaps the western tradition of art. It does look like work for a psychiatrist. And yet I love it. Twisted am I.

I don’t know why I let him let me down…

4 03 2015

I don’t know why I let him let me David Halliday


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