Plein Air Painting - Europe 2016 - London - Part III
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Russia and the Arts - The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky
National Portrait Gallery
It is a parade of faces, feelings in a reunion of heroes from the end of the nineteen century till 1914. They are intense, tormented...
|Modest Mussorgsky, 1881 by Ilia Repin|
This masterpiece by Ilya Repin portrays the composer Modest Mussorgsky on his last days is of his life at the age of 42. The painting was commissioned by Pavel Tretyakov, the philanthropist who founded the state gallery, it was painted in a military hospital in St Petersburg.The composer sat for four difficult days in 1881, dying before the planned final sitting. Repin found it the most powerful and poignant commission of his career, donating his fee to a memorial for the composer.
|Mikhail Vrubel, Portrait of N. Zabela Vrubel|
|Fedor Dostoesvsky, 1879 by Vasily Perov|
Nothing I can write here can describe what one feels seeing this masterpiece up close and personal.
Painting the London Bridge
Posted bySandra Nunes at 7:07 PM
Plein Air Painting - Europe 2016 - London Part II
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Continuing from my last post, ( you can read it here) I´ll write now about my reencounter with another Great Master:
Nature and Nostalgia
Constable took a long time to achieve recognition. While his work was just as radical as Turner's, it shows none of the latter's constant searching for new subjects. He admired earlier Dutch painters as "a stay at home people, hence, their originality" His work was located in familiar territory beginning with his native Stour Valley between Suffolk and Essex.
|Salisbury Cathedral from river Avon, 1820|
oil on canvas
Some of Constable sketches record individual motifs that reappear in finished paintings while others, provided the basis for entire compositions.
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Constable Gallery of studies
Victoria and Albert Museum - London
The largest surviving group of these studies, over ninety works, was given to Victoria & Albert Museum by the artist's daughter. They shed unique light on Constable's working practice and are remarkable for their spontaneity and accuracy.
Time to rest the eye and do my "homework":
In a completely different surrounding than Constable's I went to capture the light and atmosphere of a wet day in London.
When I got to the site, it was only cloudy, but before I could start my work the rain came down. Fortunately there was a bus stop close by and I had shelter for the painting session.
This was one of that experiences that we never forget!
|At the bus stop|
Plein air painting - Euston Road
Next post, an amazing exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery: "Russia and the Arts"
Posted bySandra Nunes at 7:42 PM
Labels: Constable, contemporary landscape painting, Euston, impressionism, London, oil on canvas, oil sketches, plein air painting, pochade box, rainy day painting, Sandra Nunes, Turner, Victoria and Albert Museum
Plein Air Painting - Europe 2016 - London Part I
Saturday, July 2, 2016
|Meeting Sargent - Tate Britain Gallery|
|Study for Madame Gatreaux|
J. S. Sargent
|Trees and Skies|
|Goring Mill and Church - JW. Turner|
There´s no preliminary drawing in this unfinished work,
the sky is sufficiently developed o show that the weather
is fine and the war clouds suggest afternoon...
|J. W. Turner|
Sketching in watercolor - Hyde Park
Posted bySandra Nunes at 8:10 AM