Saturday, July 02, 2022

Peter Brown's Paintings of Glastonbury Festival

Peter Brown has a new Online Exhibition of his paintings of Glastonbury Festival between 2016 and 2022.

It was such a joy to be back painting at Glastonbury this year after two years of COVID cancellations. To celebrate, I’ve put together this online exhibition of my paintings of the festival that I’ve done over the years: 2016, 2017, 2019 and this year 2022.
Peter becomes the equivalent of an artist in residence for the duration of the Festival - as he has been in years past.

You can see the exhibition on his website at https://www.peterbrownneac.com/exhibition/glastonbury/


About Peter Brown

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Artists - Do you have a Profitable Side Hustle?

I know a number of artists whose taxable income comes from a portfolio of activities and income streams - and notably includes a side hustle.

I'm thinking about writing about the type of Artists' Side Hustles which have proved SUCCESSFUL in

  • diversifying the activities of a (would-be) professional artist (as in "I'm aiming to make all my income from art")
  • generating another income stream 
  • reducing the risk to your economic wellbeing when all art sales suddenly dry up.

Copyright Making A Mark Publications

What is a Side Hustle?

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Apologies: yet more copyright infringing sites found


My apologies for break in posts again - but yet again I've uncovered more copyright infringement. Yesterday and today has been taken up with finding and reporting all the posts scraped from my website and posted on the following SCRAPER sites
:

  • realpaperworks.com
  • marciassilverspoon.net
  • marthafied.com
  • megabronze.com
  • paradiselongbeach.net
  • richelleart.com

Sunday, June 26, 2022

UPDATE re. copyright infringement, exhibition reviews and 'who painted this'

This post is about
  • copyright infringement and what I'm doing about it
  • exhibition reviews
  • who painted this - and whether it can continue

Copyright infringement - and what I'm doing about it


I got very fed up this week with the extent of copyright infringement experienced by this blog in recent times. There has been wholesale scraping of content with virtually all the words and pics from some posts ending up on more than one other site.

It's enough to make me want to give up.

Instead of which I've started to hammer the scrapers via Google and, on the face if it, it looks like I'm making progress but need to do more as they scraped yesterday's post

This is what now happens if somebody puts the website description into Google. Note the narrative from Google at the bottom of the page.


Spot Google's Response within Google Search
to the scammer website https://richelleart.com

So I will have to spend more time next week chasing down this toerag - and OTHERS I've also spotted - which means less time for posting about art and exhibitions!

An alternative approach to exhibitions


I'm also finding that I need to break up long posts about exhibitions into parts - as I still get tired post surgery and need to find time for all the exercise I'm doing! 

However I can mix art and exercise! 
  • I managed to walk from Green Park tube to Embankment Tube via Colnaghi, Messums and the NEAC exhibition at the Mall Galleries (6,142 steps and 4.6km walked - which is way more than I could manage pre-surgery)
  • AND collecting an artwork I bought en route - although I had to ask TFL staff for help getting up and down steps at both ends of my tube journey home!

On my way home with my recent artwork purchase!

So I'm uploading my photos of the paintings in the NEAC 2022 Exhibition - as hung on the walls of the Mall Galleries - to my Facebook Page - with commentary.  This follows the practice I started to adopt pre-surgery for much the same reason. More time for exercise means less time for reviews.

Today I uploaded the East Gallery. Tomorrow I will upload the West Gallery and then on Tuesday the North Gallery.

I'm also going back next week to have another look at the exhibition as it's on for an extra week because of the train strikes and doesn't finish until 9th July.

Who painted this?


I'm trying to work out how to continue with Who Painted this? given that these posts were being targeted by the scammer.

I've had to switch off comments as they were just sucking in spam and that was becoming VERY time-consuming to get rid of.

I'm thinking along the lines of creating a special email address just for this art challenge which would then mean that 
  • all responses to the challenge would use the email address to send in their response.
  • every time a spammer uses it within my gmail account I can then report the abuse and spam email address to Google - see https://support.google.com/a/answer/178266
However all of this depends on my tolerance for the tedium of dealing with spammers and scammers.

I like getting results - so I'm not giving up yet. 

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Portrait of Michael Eavis to hang in National Portrait Gallery

A portrait of Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis by Sir Peter Blake has been commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery - and has been unveiled at the Glastonbury Festival today – Peter Blake’s 90th birthday

The portrait will also be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery when it reopens in Spring  2023

Michael Eavis at Glastonbury by Peter Blake. 2022.
Photographer: Damian Griffiths, image courtesy of Waddington Custot.

The portrait depicts Michael Eavis standing in front of the festival’s iconic Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm, where the 50th festival is being hosted for the first time in three years, following cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the background is a dairy cow and in the foreground is some rather lush and very naturalistic green grass. I love the wrinkly knees!

In summary a famous artist age 90 with a white beard, best known for co-creating the sleeve design for the Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has painted a portrait of another old bloke, age 86 - with a white beard - who founded and hosts the Glastonbury Festival on his farm in Somerset.

Friday, June 24, 2022

First official portrait of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge unveiled at Fitzwilliam Museum

Yesterday morning the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge to see a new portrait of them both. This is the first official joint portrait. 

It was painted by British portrait artist Jamie Coreth. The artwork was commissioned in 2021 by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund as a gift to the people of Cambridgeshire. It also marks the Duke's recent 40th birthday - on Tuesday this week.

More about both the portrait and the painter below.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

NEAC Annual Exhibition 2022 opens tomorrow

The Annual Exhibition of the New English Art Club (NEAC) opens to the public tomorrow at the Mall Galleries in London.

It's open 

  • from Thursday 23rd June to Saturday 9th July 
  • Hours are from 10am to 5pm every day, except the last when it closes at 2pm.

You can also view the exhibition online

a snapshot of artwork available to view on the NEAC website

You can also order an Exhibition Catalogue. The catalogue used to be available online via Issuu - but I can't find a link to a copy of the 2022 catalogue.

There are five FREE events taking place during the exhibition (access via exhibition ticket). You can find details of events on the events listings:

They include

  • The Magic of Drawing with Neil Pittaway NEAC
  • Action: The Art of Painting the Moving Figure with Toby Ward NEAC
  • Designing and Painting a Portrait Sketch in Oils with Andrew James NEAC RP
  • The Perception of Narratives with Robert E. Wells NEAC RBA
  • The Process of Sketchbooks with Robert E. Wells NEAC RBA

Monday, June 20, 2022

The Tate Mark Making Coursework Guide

The Tate website has a Student Resource called the Mark Making Coursework Guide

It covers the different ways artists can express themselves using different methods and approaches to mark making.

These include:

  • What is mark making? Why use gestural qualities?
  • Capturing life
  • Expressing emotions
  • Abstract mark making
  • Graffiti and Graffiti Inspired Art
  • Digital marks and making your mark using sound
Each section highlights artworks by different artists in the Tate Collection to highlight the points being made.

Mark making often does not get covered well in art instruction guides and book. This is a useful resource for those wanting to learn more about art.

NOTE: I'm trying to model how you can reference content on other sites without wholesale scraping of that content.  Right now, a LOT of my time at the moment is being spent going after VERY LAZY people who are scraping lots of content from my site - except they take it all and change less than 5% of the words!!

I'm not posting images because of the scraping which is going on.

Friday, June 17, 2022

https://richelleart.com/ is a content THIEF and I'm reporting all stolen posts to Google

I hesitate to publish anything on Making A Mark right now  as every single one of recent posts has been listed copied and stolen by the SCAMMER / THIEF website https://richelleart.com/

So I thought I'd given them something serious to post on their site. Like this post and the image (near bottom) of recent scam posts on their site which have been reported to Google

Hopefully Google is going to do its job properly - or I'll have to start listing every single blog post which has been stolen to date and send a very long list to Google.

NB Start here if you have similar problems

I've had to switch comments off and put the blog on a short feed. It looks as if the posts are being scraped - and this is one way of proving that they are.

A close relative is also seriously ill and frankly I can do without all this right now - which is not to suggest that I'm not keeping a very close activity on this thief - because I am.

This site is also copying post from:

  • ARTnews.com
  • Gurney Journey
  • and others
This is Google's Transparency Report about the number of Content delistings due to copyright. 
Copyright and Google Search

It is our policy to respond to clear and specific notices of alleged copyright infringement. The form of notice we specify in our web form is consistent with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and provides a simple and efficient mechanism for copyright owners from countries/regions around the world. To initiate the process to delist content from Search results, a copyright owner who believes a URL points to infringing content sends us a takedown notice for that allegedly infringing material. When we receive a valid takedown notice, our teams carefully review it for completeness and check for other problems. If the notice is complete and we find no other issues, we delist the URL from Search results.
I'm in the report as an individual copyright owner who has successfully had copyright infringement of my content removed from the Google Index.

This is my latest set of requests



Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Contemporary British Portrait Painters 2022 Exhibition in Brixton

This is about the current exhibition by Contemporary British Portrait Painters

Contemporary British Portrait Painters
from the website of Contemporary British Portrait Painters

It feels rather odd at this time in June not to be planning to visit the annual competitive exhibition of paintings by contemporary portrait painters at the National Portrait Gallery. But that Gallery has been closed for some time and we don't know what's happening to that exhibition.

However, back in 2018, a number of those British artists who have exhibited at that exhibition (which had become an increasingly international exhibition of contemporary portraiture) combined with other prominent contemporary portrait painters in the UK to create a brand new group - purely to create a platform for the mutual support and promotion of British portrait painters. 

I was glad to see this happen as I'd begun to think that it was very incongruous that the National Portrait Gallery now selected less than half the work for this prestigious exhibition from portrait painters based in Britain!

Which is how - post pandemic - you can now see an exhibition of excellent contemporary portrait paintings by excellent contemporary portrait painters this week in Brixton.


Contemporary British Portrait Painters

This is how the CBPP describe themselves - with my added 'bold' to highlight the key points.

There are probably as many ways to paint as there are artists, so there is no “right way to paint”. If there was there would never have been a Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Picasso or Hockney. So we don’t want to be prescriptive about the way you produce your art, for us the finished result is largely all that matters. What we do want, is to represent the best in contemporary British portraiture and encourage the practitioners of it, as they explore this captivating and endlessly intriguing subject. To paint a portrait is to consider the human condition and to reflect upon our own existence, it is deeply personal and as varied and exciting as the people we paint and the painters that paint them!
Key points about the CBPP Group are as follows
  • a place to 
    • showcase some of the best British practitioners of portrait painting 
    • learn and support one another in what we do. 
  • mostly professional painters 
  • full membership of the group is by invitation
  • members are invited purely on the quality of their work and their commitment to portraiture. 
  • currently there is no maximum number of members
  • "we are aiming to be as democratic as we can be".
  • their guidelines for membership
I can look through their list of member artists and see very many of the names of those who I would certainly regard as leading contemporary portrait artists in the UK - many of whom I have met before and who have previously featured on this blog in my coverage of open portrait competitions/exhibitions over the last decade and more. 

These include:
I'm loving the way that they are NOT listing artists alphabetically by surnames. As one who has spent her entire life with a surname near the end of the alphabet this feels something like redemption. Instead they're listing alphabetically on first names! :)

CBPP Exhibition 


This is a great short video of their exhibition - which is well worth viewing and I'm sure will stimulate many people to go and take a look at their exhibition. More art societies and art groups would benefit from doing likewise.


You can also see work by the artists via

  • a Gallery page of images of artwork by the artists - I'm unclear whether these are representative or ones in the show. My other comment would be that it's doing an excellent job of showing us the middle of portrait format portraits - and cutting off their heads on my Macbook Air! Maybe there's a need to rethink of the size and format of images for the slideshow - to service desk/laptop as well as mobile platforms?
  • various virtual exhibitions on the website 

CBPP Exhibition Brixton

Exhibition Details

Details of the exhibition are as follows:
PS My problem is I need to pace myself at the moment and have some prior commitments this week. I'm trying to work out whether I can maybe combine this with one of those....

Social Media

Their marketing of the exhibition via social media has been excellent - not least because it's not been left to one person!

You can also find the group - and their very interesting content on
YouTube Tutorials (by members) https://www.thecbpp.org/media-and-tutorials

Monday, June 13, 2022

The BEST ways and places to sell your art - RESULTS

Back in January I created a POLL: What was the best place to sell your art in 2021
  • on this blog - and
  • also included it on the How to Sell Your Art on my Art Business Info for Artists website - which introduces the different options for selling art considered on the website.
The question artists were asked was 
PROFIT FROM ART SALES: Which 3 options generated the most profit (after expenses) for you last year? (i.e. 2021)
107 people have responded to it - and this is the chart of their responses - followed by a commentary on all the various options and suggestions about what some of the results might mean. For me they mean it might be instructive to try some more polls focused on particular ways of selling art.



If you want to see a bigger picture of the chart
  • right click and open the pic of the chart in a new tab, you'll see a bigger picture.
  • Or you can go to the  How to Sell Your Art  page my website - which provides a bigger picture
Of course it all depends on what you're viewing it on! I don't think you'll get the best view on a smartphone...

Commentary on profitability of different options for selling art


Scope of responses

Responses are from people who view the Poll and vote. There is no way of knowing which country they are from or whether they are 
  • amateur, 
  • semi-professional (i.e. beyond hobby income) or 
  • professional (i.e. make a living from being an artist).
So the results need to be viewed with this in mind. Nonetheless they provide some interesting perspectives.....


Profitability

Never forget that this is a Poll and Chart about PROFITABILITY i.e. 
  • NOT how many sales you make 
  • but rather which options make you the MOST PROFIT.
People who have successful businesses understand how they make profit. 
Never ever confuse turnover with profit because If you have significant expenses you won't be making much money. 

By way of contrast if you don't need to incur third party expenses and are good at marketing your art, you can eliminate commissions to galleries and listing feeds for third party sites.

The big surprise

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Who painted this #69?

Well - the first thing to say about this week's challenge is that it's NOT a painting - so nobody painted it. 

I've removed the 'dead giveaway' from the bottom - but will show you this next week. 

See if you can work out who created this, what it's of and where it is! (Right click on the pic to open in a new tab and see a slightly larger image)

Hint: it's topical....

Who "created" this #69?

Below you can find
  • The details of how to participate in this art history challenge
  • the rules of the challenge
  • the answer to last week re. Who Painted this #68?
  • the names of all the people who got most or all of the answer correct
  • who provided the best answer last week - which gives you an idea of what a good answer looks like
Your answers will be published next Sunday - before the next challenge.

How to participate in "Who painted this? #69

Tell me the story of this painting as best you can!

This is how "Who painted this?" works.
This is about using brains not technology - so please do NOT "cheat"
Briefly, in your comment ON THIS POST you must tell me ALL or as many of the following as you can:
  • the title of the artwork
  • the name of the artist who created this artwork
  • the date it was created
  • the media used
  • where it lives now
  • how you know all this eg how did you do your search
  • anything else you can find out about the artwork and/or artist - tell its story!
The Winner of this week's challenge is the first identifiable person (i.e. no anonymous guesses) who, in my judgement, is 
  • the first person to get to the answer by fair means
  • AND provides the best quality answer in terms of added details about the artwork and artist
Remember also
  • no use of "Google Image Search" or "Tineye" to find the image allowed
  • this is a traditional web search of images using words only plus "hit the books" time
  • I don't publish the comments until next week's post.
Comments on this blog post will only be published once a week - on the following Sunday.

(You wouldn't believe how many spam comments I now have to read and delete each week because of this challenge!!)

Who Painted This #68?


Title of the artworkThe Tribuna of the Uffizi 
Alternative titles are:
    Interior of the Florence Gallery
    The Interior of the Grand Duke's Gallery at Florence.
Name of the artist who created this artworkJohan Joseph Zoffany (Frankfurt 1733-London 1810) (artist)
Date it was created
1772-77
Media used: oil paint on lined canvas
Dimensions
    Support: 123.5 x 155.0 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external)
    Frame: 157.7 x 183.2 x 11.1 cm (frame, external)
Where it lives now: Royal Collection
A 'tribune' (tribuna in Italian) is the semicircular (or semi-polygonal) domed end of a basilican church; the Tribuna is the hexagonal domed room created in 1585-9 by Bernardo Buontalenti (1536-1608) at the Uffizi palace for the display of the masterpieces in the Medici collection.
The Tribuna of the Uffizi by Johan Zoffany 
Exhibited in the Prince and Patron exhibition (2018)

I saw the painting at the Prince and Patron exhibition at Buckingham Palace in the summer of 2018.

Zoffany's main claim to fame is that he was the master of the theatrics of "the conversation piece"
- which always includes lots of recognisable people and lots of detail. It's the sort of painting which can be very popular of its time but loses some meaning once those who recognise who are portrayed are no longer alive.
  • born in Germany and died in the UK. Did you know that Zoffany is buried in the churchyard on Kew Green? (I've got a pic of his grave somewhere!)
  • He trained in Germany and Rome - and knew Piranesi
  • His came to the UK in 1760.
  • His first major patron in the UK was the actor David Garrick - which might account for the development of the theatrical quality of his paintings of conversation paintings - most of which were painted for the wealthy middle classes. He certainly painted scenes from dramas for Garrick.
  • In 1768 he became a founder member of the Royal Academy of Arts.
  • Queen Charlotte - wife of the Hanoverian King George III - became his patron. Sharing a German heritage with the King would undoubtedly have helped. That by the way is the Queen Charlotte who stars in Bridgerton!
Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Queen of Great Britain and Ireland and Electress of Hanover
(as wife of King George III)
portrait by Thomas Gainsborough
  • Zoffany was nominated by George III for membership in the Royal Academy in 1769, exhibiting there from 1770 to 1800.
  • Between 1772 and 1778 he worked primarily in Florence, where he painted The Interior of the Tribuna at Florence. The general consensus was that he'd included too many people and too many things.
  • He subsequently fell out with Queen Charlotte over the painting 
'The King spoke of Zoffany's picture of the Florentine Gallery painted for him, & expressed wonder at Zoffany having done so improper a thing as to introduce the portraits of Sir Horace Man — Patch, & others. — He sd. The Queen wd. not suffer the picture to be placed in any of her apartments.' (Diary for 15 December 1804)

Zoffany was certainly paid handsomely for the work and to cover his stay in Florence (though the actual sum is disputed) however he never again worked for the Royal Family. The painting hung briefly at Kew Palace and is recorded, with The Academicians at the Upper Library at Buckingham House in 1819.
Royal Collection 
You can find out more about Zoffany on the following links

Who guessed correct?

My apologies first to those who started to have go at this - and then noticed that the comments had already been published. I hit the wrong button my mistake when moderating all the spam!

The first person to provide a complete answer was Carol Edan - for the second week running!

Monday, June 06, 2022

The Good News #2: Getting better!

Another brief update on my recovery from surgery and its impact on my blogging.

It's been 19 weeks since my ankle fusion surgery and I've been out of my walker boot for 6 weeks. During that time I've started to walk again - with aids - and quite slowly for the most part.  I've used my carbon fibre rollator, my stick and walking poles so far!

Below is me about five weeks ago - on my first outing with my rollator! (The background is the old graveyard which is now a nature reserve where I now walk most days). It was so nice to be outside and in the fresh air - and actually moving on my own, albeit with the help of the rollator!

For those who've not seen me for a while
I lost 7 stone before surgery!
(and didn't put any back on afterwards!)

I'd had some inkling that ankle fusion surgery was a lot more challenging than a hip or knee  replacement - mainly because of not being able to walk for so long. 

What I hadn't quite realised is recovery takes up to 12 months! 

I managed to extract some exercises from the physio people and they helped a lot with getting ready to do more walking outside

However, walking after being in bed or sat in a chair for a while is very slow and painful. I can only approach normal walking after a 5 minute warm-up! Plus I've learned that sitting at my desk is still a total non-starter - my foot just ballooned for two days!

So, it looks like I'm going to be having to:

  • allocate constant and consistent time for recovery for the next 6-8 months
  • do regular physio exercises for my foot for quite a while and 
  • undertake daily / regular exercise to 
    • try and contain the contraction of the soft tissue structures and associated swelling.
    • learn how to walk with a better gait - and stop "hip hiking"
  • do lots of elevation and apply ice packs when the swelling starts because I've done too much.
  • PLUS start physio exercises for a hip replacement - as my dodgy hip is not at all happy about all the extra exercise!
I do videos of how I'm getting of for myself so I can see the progress.

a still from the latest video where I'm actually managing to
walk at a respectable speed in a more or less straight line


The good news is I've actually made it to one exhibition - at Kew Gardens. By far the furthest I've walked so far - and, of course, I couldn't move much the next day. However I was elevating my foot on the seat of my rollator all the way back on the tube!

I think I'm going to be OK for getting to the Mall Galleries and intend to be at the Preview of the Plantae exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artists at the Mall Galleries in mid June.

HOWEVER finding time for the physio and the exercise is time-consuming. 
Plus all the effort employed is also rather tiring 
- which is why blogging has become very sporadic.

I'm trying to get back into a routine but it's slow going.....

But I have done two Zoom Talks for clients - which actually seem to be an easier way to communicate oddly enough!

I'm thinking about maybe doing more.... 


Previous posts

Sunday, June 05, 2022

Who painted this #68?

Who painted this #68?

I saw this painting at an exhibition in London during the last decade. It's pretty big - and my photo of it in its frame has got some parallax issues. 

That's as much as you're getting in terms of clues. You can get to the name of the artist pretty fast if you have a think about the style of costume and the nature of the painting. After that, it's just a case of working your way through the artist's paintings as this is a well known one.

Below you can find
  • The details of how to participate in this art history challenge
  • the rules of the challenge 
  • the answer to last week re. Who Painted this #67
  • the names of all the people who got most or all of the answer correct
  • who provided the best answer last week - which gives you an idea of what a good answer looks like
Your answers will be published next Sunday - before the next challenge.

How to participate in "Who painted this? #68

Tell me the story of this painting as best you can!

This is how "Who painted this?" works.
This is about using brains not technology - so please do NOT "cheat"
Briefly, in your comment ON THIS POST you must tell me ALL or as many of the following as you can:
  • the title of the artwork
  • the name of the artist who created this artwork
  • the date it was created
  • the media used
  • where it lives now
  • how you know all this eg how did you do your search
  • anything else you can find out about the artwork and/or artist - tell its story!
The Winner of this week's challenge is the first identifiable person (i.e. no anonymous guesses) who, in my judgement, is 
  • the first person to get to the answer by fair means 
  • AND provides the best quality answer in terms of added details about the artwork and artist
Remember also
  • no use of "Google Image Search" or "Tineye" to find the image allowed 
  • this is a traditional web search of images using words only plus "hit the books" time
  • I don't publish the comments until next week's post.
Comments on this blog post will only be published once a week - on the following Sunday.

(You wouldn't believe how many spam comments I'm having to identify and delete each week because of this challenge!!)

Who Painted This #67?

The challenge last week was to work out the painting from only half a painting!

This is the whole painting - and many of you got the correct artist and title! It's by Bonnard.

The Table (1925) by Paul Bonnard
oil on canvas
Courtauld Collection - but photographed at the National Gallery
The woman is probably Marthe Bonnard, the artist's wife. She is looking towards a dog whose muzzle is faintly visible on the left, and seems to be preparing its food in a bowl.
Title of the artwork: The Table
Name of the artist who created this artwork: Paul Bonnard
Date it was created: 1925
Media used: oil on canvas
DimensionsSupport: 1029 × 743 mm. Frame: 1256 × 965 × 113 mm
Where it lives now: Tate (Presented by the Courtauld Fund Trustees) 
This painting was bought as a result of the Courtauld Fund. In January 1924 the wealthy textile manufacturer Samuel Courtauld gave the large sum of £50,000 to create a trust for buying Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works for the Tate Gallery. Between 1924 and 1927 the Trust bought nineteen paintings by artists such as Edouard Manet, Paul Gauguin, Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet and Paul Cézanne. This donation transformed the Tate’s Collection of modern art by non-British artists. This significant painting was acquired only a year after it was made, and was the first work by Bonnard to enter the Tate Collection.
My photo of the painting relates to when paintings from the Courtauld Collection were on display at the National Gallery in November 2018 - following the closure of the Courtauld Gallery for a major refurbishment.

The exhibition was Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne (17 September 2018 – 20 January 2019). I'm guessing the painting was included as its presence in London was entirely down to Samual Coutauld.

It's been shown in various other exhibitions over the years including:
  • RSA, Edinburgh, April-August 1932 (211); 
  • RSA, Edinburgh, April-August 1946 (104); 
  • Samuel Courtauld Memorial Exhibition, Tate Gallery, May-September 1948 (1); 
  • Bonnard and his Environment, Museum of Modern Art, New York, October-November 1964 (34, repr.); 
  • Art Institute of Chicago, January-February 1965 (34, repr.); 
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March-May 1965 (34, repr.); 
  • Pierre Bonnard, RA, London, January-March 1966 (179)
The Courtauld Gallery reopened again in November 2021.

Along with refreshing the gallery interiors, the Courtauld has completely reinterpreted and redisplayed its collection of fine art, which ranges from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. New spaces have also been created for temporary exhibitions.
 

Who guessed correct?



The first person to get it right was French Jane who knew it straight away as she'd seen it
This is La table painted in oils by Pierre Bonnard in 1925. It belongs to the Tate Gallery. I saw it in Paris in 1984 in a Bonnard exhibition at the Centre Pompidou and I got this information from my catalogue of the exhibition which was also shown at the Phillips Collection in Washington and also in Dallas, the same year.
Carol Edan was the first to get all the details correct - and I admire her approach to working it out.
I recognized this as an impressionist work so started my search using impressionism table seated woman. When I didn't find any results started using the artist's name in the search. Started with Cezanne,Matisse,Mary Cassatt, and Pierre Bonnard. I am currently using Esconia as my primary search engine. Find it very fast and accurate.
Title The Table
Painted 1925
Purchased by the Courtland Fund in 1926 for Tate Museum. His first painting to enter Tate's collection.
Oil on canvas 102.9 x 74.3 cm
This painting was part of an exhibition in the Metropolitan Museum in NY 2009 #15
Bonnard is well known for his domestic scenes of everyday life.
The woman is probably his wife Martha, preparing a simple meal.
Acquired from the artist by Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris
Independent Gallery, London
presented by the Trustees of the Courtauld Fund to the Tate Gallery, 1926





Sunday, May 29, 2022

Who Painted This #67

The art history challenge this week is to work out what all the answers are from ONLY HALF A PAINTING - and where I might have seen it in 2018.

The image is slightly larger than usual - which you can see if you open it in a new tab

Who Painted This #67? - and the rest (see below)

Below you can find 

  • The details of how to participate in this art history challenge  
  • the rules of the challenge 
  • the answer to last week re. Who Painted this #66
  • the names of all the people who got most or all of the answer correct
  • who provided the best answer last week - which gives you an idea of what a good answer looks like
Your answers will be published next Sunday - before the next challenge.

How to participate in "Who painted this? #67

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Call for Entries: Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition 2022


The Royal Society of Marine Artists issued its invitations to marine artists to submit entries for for its annual exhibition. It wants to see more art inspired by the sea and marine environment 

This open exhibitions invites submissions of subject matter which MUST be essentially marine in nature i.e. involved with TIDAL water. This includes:
  • harbours and shorelines,
  • traditional craft and contemporary shipping, 
  • creeks and beaches, 
  • wildlife and marine workers
  • in short anything that involves tidal water.
Paintings of non-tidal rivers, inland lakes and waterways etc are not permissible.

The deadline for entries is noon on Friday 8th July. 
You can find out more on the page providing details about this OPEN exhibition.

I've summarised key points below.

The Exhibition

The RSMA always holds its Annual Exhibition every Autumn at the Mall Galleries in central London. This year the exhibition dates are Thursday 22nd September to Saturday 1st October 2022

Four good reasons to enter

The Annual Exhibition by the Royal Society of Marine Artists
  1. People who like boats are often wealthy - meaning they're more likely to have funds to spare to buy artwork!  This is important within the context of an economy where lots of people are being careful about their spending, t
  2. This exhibition ALWAYS attracts a lot of people interested in buying marine artwork. This exhibition has typically had very good sales in the past.
  3. It ALWAYS has a LOT of decent prizes. You can find out more about them here.
  4. Prizes awarded in the past have been dominated by strong work by non-members - which is always good to see for those who submit work via the open entry. 

However, in order to do well, you MUST have and demonstrate a genuine interest in marine art

That's because expert and enthusiastic customers also mean those who can spot errors in artwork painted by those new to the subject and/or painting from photographs with no other observational prep. undertaken. I well remember being taken round the exhibition once by somebody who pointed out all the "made-up" paintings - it was a revelation!

This was my Review: Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition 2020 - which also shows you the range, type and quality of artwork on display.

Call for Entries


Royal Society Marine Artists Call for Entries 2022

This is an OPEN EXHIBITION which tends to display paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints.

Below you can find
  • a summary of how to enter the next annual exhibition.
  • a list of prizes (see end)
  • an archive of posts about past exhibitions - which contain a lot of images of the type of artwork that gets selected for exhibition.

What sort of artwork can you submit?


SUBJECT: The RSMA seeks submissions of art inspired by the sea and marine environment.
 
 
It makes two statements about the scope - as follows

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Who painted this? #66

This week's "Who Painted This (and the rest!) #66 is a painting has a tease in the title. 

That's because you should be able to work out what the title might be if you study the painting very carefully - and if you right click and open in a new tab you'll get a slightly larger version. 

HOWEVER there are a number of paintings which use that title - by completely different artists. I'd never realised quite what a popular theme this is until I started this post!

The other part of the tease is where I saw and photographed it (in London) is not where it normally lives! That's because it was 'on loan'.

Below you can find 

  • The details of how to participate in this art history challenge  
  • the rules of the challenge 
  • the answer to last week re. Who Painted this #64 
  • the names of all the people who got most or all of the answer correct
  • who provided the best answer last week - which gives you an idea of what a good answer looks like
Your answers will be published next Sunday - before the next challenge.


How to participate in "Who painted this? #66


Tell me the story of this painting as best you can!

These are the for how "Who painted this?" works.
This is about using brains not technology - so please do NOT "cheat".
Briefly, in your comment ON THIS POST you must tell me ALL or as many of the following as you can:
  • the title of the artwork
  • the name of the artist who created this artwork
  • the date it was created
  • the media used
  • where it lives now
  • how you know all this eg how did you do your search
  • anything else you can find out about the artwork and/or artist - tell its story!
The Winner of this week's challenge is the first identifiable person (i.e. no anonymous guesses) who, in my judgement, is 
  • the first person to get to the answer by fair means 
  • AND provides the best quality answer in terms of added details about the artwork and artist
Remember also
  • no use of Google image search or Tineye to find the image allowed 
  • this is a traditional web search of images using words only plus "hit the books" time
  • I don't publish the comments until next week's post.
Comments on this blog post will only be published once a week - on the following Sunday.

(You wouldn't believe how many spam comments I'm having to identify and delete each week because of this challenge!!)

NOTE: You can find out more about the background to "who painted this?" and  THE RULES for participating in this challenge. on the Who Painted This? page at the top of the blog menu https://makingamark.blogspot.com/p/who-painted-this.html

Who Painted This #65?


Pommes et oranges by Paul Cézanne
Vers 1899
Huile sur toile; H. 74,0 ; L. 93,0 cm.
Legs du comte Isaac de Camondo, 1911
Musée d'Orsay 


The challenge last week was to work out which of the paintings of apples and oranges by a well known painter this one is - and where it is and other relevant details!