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THE MUSE OF THE MOULIN ROUGE

| August 26, 2011

Toulouse-Lautrec epitomised La Belle Époque of 1890s Paris. He spent his nights at nightclubs and theatres, sketching the dancers and clientele, many of them his friends and whom he would then immortalise on canvas. But one dancer at the Moulin Rouge captivated him until his death and inspired some of his most important work, as […]

EVOLVING ENGLISH – HOW ONE LANGUAGE BECAME MANY

| March 22, 2011

The current exhibition at London’s British Library – Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices – is the first ever to explore the English language from Anglo-Saxon runes to modern day rap. English is spoken by a third of the world’s population, but how did a tongue used by just a few hundred Germanic settlers become […]

NORMAN ROCKWELL – DOES IT MATTER IF IT’S ART?

| March 12, 2011

Norman Rockwell, the famous American illustrator, is the subject of his first ever exhibition in the UK at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, south London. He causes some art critics to bristle with indignation when he is described as an artist, but even if he wasn’t, does it matter as long as we enjoy his work? […]

Cézanne’s Card Players – a monumental study

| December 20, 2010

CEZANNE’S CARD PLAYERS – A STUDY IN MONUMENTALITY Cézanne rarely engaged with genre painting – depictions of everyday life where figures are presented as generic types, not as portraits of named individuals. But with his series of Card Players and their associated studies, he spent around six years in the 1890s studying and developing this […]