Sunday, October 15, 2017

Treasure

Today I have been wandering through the ArtUk site, gazing at the wealth of content, working from the artists.  These are paintings in public collections in the UK, and can be seen - well, not all are actually on display, but the theory is that by contacting the institution a viewing can be arranged.
Anne Redpath: Terraced fields, Gran Canaria (image from here)
I wanted to reacquaint myself with old favourites, as for example Anne Redpath.
Anne Redpath: Landscape at Kyleakin (image from here)
I love her use of colour; three of the paintings in the public collections particularly catching my attention today.  I was taken with the transition from the deep reds of Gran Canaria through the reds, greys, and whites of Kyleakin to the whites and greys with scant but essential red of the still life below.
Anne Redpath: Grey Still Life, The Venetian Blind (image from here)
How wondrous to include a venetian blind!  I cannot off the top of my head think of another still life with such dynamic horizontals, translucent, arising from what might otherwise be thought a boring object.  Doubly delightful after having seen this image for the first time is the discovery that it is held in the collection of the Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal, Cumbria - a favourite destination of ours when we are up in the North West of England, or on our way to Scotland.  So I hope to be able to see the painting for real some day.

7 comments:

  1. very nice. I lovee the horizontals in that last image. xo

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    1. I'm glad you like the work. I am drawn to the horizontals in all of the pieces, but especially in the Venetian blind one.

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  2. Wonderful use of colour, and the work is so varied. Thank you for introducing me to this artist Olga, I must do some research.

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    1. I am so glad that you like her work, Eirene. I am reacquainting myself with artists I admired when I was a teenager, and find that the wonderful ArtUk site is a great starting point.

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  3. I'm pleased to be back - and investigating all the things I've missed in the last few months, not least this post about ArtUK. It is indeed a wonderful resource and great for those like me are all too aware of their artistic ignorance! Thank you for introducing me to the glorious colours of Anne Redpath.

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    1. Margaret, I'm pleased that you are also drawn to Redpath's colours. It's great that the world is full of all sorts of wondrous stuff still to discover, and blogs are fantastic windows onto so many delights. Welcome back!

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