#PaintingOfTheWeekNo21

What’s fascinating about impressionism is how much thinking and planning went into capturing what seems like, at first glance, something improvised and instinctive.

This week’s #PaintingOfTheWeek takes a closer look at a painting that gave ‘impressionism’ its name! Is this a favouirite you could revisit time and again, or is it now simply too familiar?

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#PaintingOfTheWeekNo20

“It’s not for me but I’ll be delighted if you disagree with me – that’s what makes art alive: it is not about the ‘knowing’ art elite telling ‘ordinary folk’ what is great and what isn’t. It is about artists since those first staggering cave paintings communicating about their world, their lives, their feelings.”

This week’s #PaintingOfTheWeek is one that Phil Grabsky has a dislike towards… Does his critique echo the same opinion as yours or is this a painting you feel particularly connected to? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Phil Grabsky reads an extract from 'Living with Leonardo' written by Martin Kemp

Phil Grabsky reads an extract from 'Living with Leonardo: Fifty Years of Sanity and Insanity in the Art World and Beyond’’ written by Martin Kemp (described by The Times as ‘the world’s leading authority on Leonardo’), a book which Grabsky found very valuable in the production of his film Leonardo: The Works - In cinemas worldwide from 29 October 2019.

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Van Gogh & Japan Challenge winner revealed

“In the past weeks, my team has received an impressive number of submissions from countries such as Wales, Indonesia, Poland and New Zealand. From lifelong professionals to budding creatives of all ages – our youngest entrant was just 15 months old! – I am delighted with the enthusiasm the challenge has received.”

At long last, it’s time to announce the prize winner for the #VanGoghJapanChallenge

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#PaintingOfTheWeekNo19

The card players study their cards as ardently as I imagine Cézanne was studying the canvas in front of him. It’s a scene of intense concentration and it’s partly that stillness and quiet that I like about it.  Cézanne was something of a loner but always a keen observer – and that is clearly demonstrated here.”

This week’s #PaintingOfTheWeek focuses on another exquisite painting by one of Phil Grabsky’s favourite artists: Paul Cézanne.

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#PaintingOfTheWeekNo18

“Dressed in golden armour richly adorned with jewels, the archangel descends from the heavens like a medieval superman with his voluminous red-lined cape floating down behind him.  Having cast the angel Lucifer out of heaven, he pins him to the earth with his sword raised menacingly overhead.”

This week’s #PaintingOfTheWeek focuses on ‘Saint Michael Triumphs over the Devil’ by Bartolome Bermejo.

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#PaintingOfTheWeekNo17

“I’ll admit that some paintings are just easier to stare at than others.  You have to be in the right frame of mind to lose yourself in a Rothko or a Mondrian but with Pieter Brueghel the Younger that quite simply is never an issue.”

This week’s #PaintingOfTheWeek focuses on, some would say, the most significant Netherlandish Renaissance artist!

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#InConversationWith Art UK

Art UK is a cultural education charity. They enable global audiences to learn about the UK’s national art collection. Their website is the showcase for art in every UK public collection and is a collaboration between over 3,200 British institutions! We caught up with Digital Marketing Manager Louise Pavoni in this week’s #InConversationWith

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#PaintingOfTheWeekNo16

“I see it stretching away for miles and miles, I feel the heat coming off the burning soil and sand. Notice the rhythm of the trees – the position is no accident.” This week’s #PaintingOfTheWeek focuses on an Australian Impressionist painter; inspired by Phil’s recent trip to the artist in focus’ motherland!

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#PaintingOfTheWeekNo13

In anticipation of what is set to be a monumental exhibition of Lucian Freud’s self-portraits at the Royal Academy this autumn we’re focusing this week’s #PaintingOfTheWeek on one of his most famous of works: a 1985 rendering that captures the modernity and complexity of this 20th-century master of portraiture!

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