Today was our first full day in Cuba so we did the touristy thing and went on a group tour that included Revolution Square, a rum and cigar factory, old Havana and Ernest Hemingway home on the island. A great tour guide explained the various districts we passed through and pointed out all the major areas and their history – a great start to the … Continue reading Havana, Cuba – what a totally fascinating place
In 1882 George Braque was born. A French artist Braque is often associated with Picasso. His work showcases a range of style including cubism. The Tate and Tate Modern have some of his works – definitely worth a visit – http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/georges-braque-803 In 1568 Mary Queen of Scots was defeated at battle of Langside In 1988 Chet Baker, American singer and trumpet player died In 1989 around 2,000 students … Continue reading On This Day in History….
Today is the birthday of British journalist and poet Jenny Joseph, born in Birmingham in 1932. I haven’t read her work extensively but one poem I remember from school which really stuck with me was her Warning poem which seemed to suit my teenage self as I loved purple and hats….. When I am an old woman I shall wear purple With a red hat … Continue reading When I am old….
A German-British painter Frank Auerbach was born on this day in 1931. A gifted artist who created portraits and city scenes of London the city he made his home after being sent to the UK by his parents in 1939. http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/frank-auerbach/auerbach-introduction In 1916 after six days of fighting, Irish rebel leaders abandoned the post office in Dublin and surrendered , marking the end of the Easter … Continue reading On This Day in History……
9th April is the birth date of Henry Tonks, a British surgeon and later artist. He created some of the most emotionally impactful images of casulties of the first world war. Continue reading Happy Birthday Henry Tonks