Gustav Klimt

Born on this date in 1862, Gustav Klimt, an Austrian painter best known for his 1907 masterpiece The Kiss.  His work was considered highly erotic some pieces more risqué than others .  Whilst paintings like The Kiss are full of symbolic imagery (the couple are wrapped in a glistening gold tapestry – the side covering the guy decorated with erect rectangles and the woman covered … Continue reading Gustav Klimt

Opening of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Today is the opening of the RA’s summer exhibition and this year there’s a couple of bonus’ – firstly it’s the 250th year and the RA has apparently just under gone a redevelopment to celebrate the anniversary and secondary it has been curated by a fantastic and slightly quirky artist Grayson Perry. If you’ve never been to a summer exhibition it is definitely worth making … Continue reading Opening of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Ideas for Overcoming Creative Block

Generally my biggest challenge is finding time rather than overcoming creative blocks but I have noticed recently that when I do have some free time it is taking me a bit longer to decide on what to do and to get started.  This could be down to the fact that I’m switching between textiles and paper/canvas but for anyone out there I thought I’d share … Continue reading Ideas for Overcoming Creative Block

First Impressionist Exhibition

On this day in 1874 the first exhibition by the art movement known as Impressionist took place.  The exhibition which was open from 15th April  to 15th May displayed 165 works from thirty artists at 35 Boulevard des Capucines, a former photography studio.  The exhibition was led by French artists Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro and Berthe Morisot calling themselves the Anonymous … Continue reading First Impressionist Exhibition

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

On this day in 1870 the state of New York granted the Metropolitan Museum of Art an Act of Incorporation which basically established the met as an entity.  The act was granted on the basis that the institution would encourage the study of fine art and act as a cultural centre for the city. The museum is located at 681 Fifth avenue eventually opened on 20th … Continue reading The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York