Category Archives: Featured Artwork

FEATURED ARTWORKS “THE FIGHTING TEMERAIRE” BY J M W TURNER 1838 IN THE NATIONAL GALLERY, TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON

This painting has been immensely popular with the ignorant, unlettered and uncultured members of the British public, as well as the rest, ever since it was first displayed in 1839. The artist, Turner would have altogether have approved of this. … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – The Human Condition – René Magritte

The Human Condition (La condition humaine) generally refers to two similar oil on canvas paintings by the Belgian surrealist René Magritte. One was completed in 1933 and is in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – An Out-of-Doors Study – John Singer Sargent

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In the late 1880s, the American expatriate John Singer Sargent experimented with portrait compositions whose informality and naturalness stood in sharp contrast to his commissioned studio portraits of elegant society types. Inspired in part by the Impressionist works of his … Continue reading

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FEATURED ARTWORKS “A BAR AT THE FOLIES BERGERE” BY EDOUARD MANET, 1881, COURTAULD GALLERY, LONDON

Thanks to Alan Mason for this new post. Be sure to check out Alan’s other posts here.This is one of the most famous paintings of the nineteenth century French Impressionist movement, and I regard it as an old friend. In … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Human Family – Maya Angelou

I note the obvious differences in the human family. Some of us are serious, some thrive on comedy. Some declare their lives are lived as true profundity, and others claim they really live the real reality. The variety of our … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Series of Self Portraits – William Utermohlen

When he learned in 1995 that he had Alzheimer’s disease, William Utermohlen, an American artist living in London, immediately began work on an ambitious series of self-portraits. The artist pursued this project over an eight-year period, adapting his style to … Continue reading

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FEATURED ARTWORKS I CAVALLI DI SAN MARCO (THE HORSES OF ST MARK’S)

Thanks to Alan Mason for this new post There are four unusual aspects of this featured artwork. To begin with, it is composed of four separate parts, which together form an integrated whole. Secondly, although the horses regularly appear in … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – The Birth of Venus – Sandro Botticelli

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The Birth of Venus is a painting by Sandro Botticelli generally thought to have been painted in the mid 1480s. It has long been suggested that Botticelli was commissioned to paint the work by the Medici family of Florence, specifically … Continue reading

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FEATURED ARTWORKS – ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL – CITY OF LONDON, UK – SIR CHRISTOPHER WREN

Three Claims The present St Pauls’ Cathedral has three unique claims to fame. It was the first Protestant cathedral to be built in England; all the medieval cathedrals were originally Catholic foundations. Secondly, it is the first English cathedral to … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Far Above The Clouds – Mike Oldfield

Have a couple of beers, put on the headphones and crank it up to eleven. This is a serious piece of music from Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells III’.

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Featured Artworks – Drum II – Peter Howson

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Featured Artworks – View on the River Var – Winston Churchill

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Churchill was an accomplished artist and took great pleasure in painting, especially after his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty in 1915. He found a haven in art to overcome the spells of depression which he suffered throughout his life. … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte – Georges Seurat

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Georges Pierre Seurat was a French Post-Impressionist painter and draughtsman. He is noted for his innovative use of drawing media and for devising a technique of painting known as pointillism. Our featured artwork  A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884–1886) was Seurat’s most … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Brothers in Arms – Dire Straits

‘Brothers in Arms’ is the fifth studio album by the British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1985. The first half of the album is a development of their unique brand of rock which had evolved in their music since … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – The Legend of Briar Rose – Edward Burne-Jones

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The Legend of Briar Rose is the title of a series of paintings by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones which were completed between 1885 and 1890. The four original paintings – The Briar Wood, The Council Chamber, The Garden Court … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – An Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump – Joseph Wright

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An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump is a 1768 oil-on-canvas painting by Joseph Wright of Derby, one of a number of candlelit scenes that Wright painted during the 1760s. The painting departed from convention of the time … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Self Portrait – Eugene Delacroix

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Considered the leader of the French Romantic school of painting, Eugene Delacroix was a prolific artist, producing over 9,000 works during his lifetime, ranging from paintings, to watercolors, pastels and drawings. His work both shaped the Impressionist artists and inspired … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – American Gothic – Grant Woods

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Grant Wood adopted the precise realism of 15th-century northern European artists, but his native Iowa provided the artist with his subject matter. American Gothic depicts a farmer and his spinster daughter posing before their house, whose gabled window and tracery, … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Autumn Effects at Argenteuil – Claude Monet

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A great new post by Alan Mason for our Featured Artwork category. Claude Monet, (1840 – 1926) lived a long life, and was such a productive artist, that it is quite difficult to choose one single painting to represent his … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Lady with a Ferret – Leonardo da Vinci

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Alan Mason tells us all about the lady with a ferret (or ermine) by Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo da Vinci is famous for a single female portrait, “La Gioconda” (The Smiling One) also known as “The Mona Lisa”, but he … Continue reading

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