Archive for août 21st, 2018

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Author : David Boyd Haycock

Publisher : Paul Holberton publishing

Despite achieving extraordinary fame in his lifetime, when he was widely considered to be one the greatest living British artists and his drawings were thought by John Singer Sargent to be amongst the finest seen since the Renaissance, Augustus John has grown increasingly obscure. Augustus John: Drawn from Life seeks to restore this remarkable artist to his rightful place in the canon of British Art.

In the fi rst three decades of the 20th century Augustus John (1878-1961) was widely considered one of the greatest living British artists, famous almost as much for his extraordinary Bohemian lifestyle as for his outstanding portraits, etchings and drawings. John was born in Wales in 1878 and educated at the Slade School of Art in London in the 1890s, where the onus of teaching was on the daily life class and a close study of the Old Masters. He soon emerged as a wonderfully gifted draughtsman - indeed, the American painter John Singer Sargent would declare that John’s youthful drawings were amongst the finest seen since the Renaissance. Dividing his life between England, Wales and France, and reaching his prime in the years immediately before the outbreak of the Great War, by 1910 John would be likened to a British Gauguin, a More …

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Publisher : Paul Holberton publishing

Celebrating the enduring British taste for collecting Dutch paintings from the long seventeenth century, this exhibition catalogue will explore why and how this particular type of art was desired, commissioned and displayed, through the consideration of Golden Age masterpieces from a number of National Trust houses.

This catalogue will be published to accompany the fi rst ever exhibition of Golden Age Dutch pictures in the collection of the National Trust, which will be shown at the Mauritshuis in The Hague, the Holburne Museum in Bath and at Petworth House in West Sussex (2018-19).

Celebrating the enduring British taste for collecting Dutch paintings from the long seventeenth century, the publication will explore why and how this particular type of art was desired, commissioned and displayed through the consideration of masterpieces from a number of National Trust houses. It will feature portraits, still lifes, religious pictures, maritime paintings, landscapes, genre paintings and history pictures, painted by celebrated artists such as Rembrandt, Lievens, Hobbema, Cuyp, De Heem, Ter Borch and Metsu, as well as less well-known artists such as De Baen and Van Diest. The National Trust has the largest collection of art in the British Isles, including many great masterpieces, amassed by key patrons and displayed in some of the country’s greatest houses. Dutch Golden Age pictures form an important part of this collection, and National Trust houses with particularly important collections of Dutch pictures include Ham House, Dyrham Park, Ascott, Upton House and Polesden Lacey. More …