Spirit World and Folk Tales || Princeton University Art Museum

It was in February but, somehow, felt like Halloween!

Princeton, NJ

February 15th, 2020

Treasure Hunting || Princeton University Art Museum

A walk through centuries and civilisations.

Princeton, NJ

February 15th, 2020

The Sacred Grove || Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Dating from Toulouse-Lautrec’s student days, this parody of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes’s The Sacred Grove mimics the style and subject of that allegorical composition celebrating the arts and muses but subverts the serious tone. A clockface appears on the ancient portico, a giant tube of paint is held aloft by one of the arts, and a circular loaf of bread, instead of a laurel crown, is held by the kneeling youth. The men advancing from the right are Louis Anquetin, a fellow student; Édouard Dujardin, Symbolist critic and founder of the Revue Wagnérienne; Maurice Barrès, Symbolist author; and Léon Bonnat, Lautrec’s first teacher. Lautrec himself is seen from behind, urinating on the ground, and a police officer tries to keep the intruders in line. [source]

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
The Sacred Grove, 1884
Oil on canvas

Princeton University Art Museum

The lion that was desperate

The painting portrays the four evangelists with their symbols: Matthew with the angel, Mark with the lion, Luke with the ox, and John with the eagle, receiving the divine inspiration to compose their gospels.

All well and good, but what about that poor lion silently begging to be rescued…?

Abraham Bloemaert || The Four Evangelists, ca. 1612–15 – oil on canvas

Enjoying the collection at Princeton University Art Museum

February 15th, 2020

Félix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet

First steps into a new year – with Art

From an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

January 2nd, 2020

Art to lift the spirits

I think we can all use a booster

MoMA New York

December 8th, 2019

Sunday afternoon museum walk

The new MoMA had recently reopened after a four month closure, the last phase of a multimillion dollar expansion and renovation, and it was high time we explored all that extra space. These are a few of my favourite things:

MoMA New York

December 8th, 2019