Author: Annabel O'Connor-Fenton

Are you ready for fright night? Halloween is approaching and so is a fresh crop of scary movies, including a new adaptation of Hansel and Gretel, new imaginings of The Grudge and Halloween – proving the appetite for the macabre that we seem to have isn’t going away! Surprisingly, many of the elements in horror films share similar stylistic tricks to those in Gothic literature,…

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Have you noticed how some fashion ‘trends’ never actually go out of style? The big spring/summer fashion debate has been stripes vs florals for decades and not just for hanging out on yachts or going to garden parties. Using archive photography, art and illustration see a visual history of these timeless opposing styles; from gamine Breton stripes to feminine florals. If in doubt mix it…

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From the grand studio homes of Victorian artists residing in their suits to the paint splattered studios of Frank Auerbach and Lucian Freud, rare photography archives reveal the creative environment and working practices of artists from the last two centuries.   The Lewinski photo archive Jorge Lewinski, a Polish refugee who served in the RAF, is a foremost photographer of artists in their studios. The…

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For as long as artists have been wielding their brushes, the relationship between a mother and her child has been a foremost theme. To coincide with Mother’s Day, here are some of the most celebrated non-religious mother and child images in the history of art and an exploration of the artists who conceived them.     An Intimate Bond: Mary Cassatt  (1844-1926)  In the late…

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Cute Animals

Posted by March 8, 2017

Pets are a great way to beat the blues, offering unconditional love and companionship. No furry-legged friend? Well, your next best bet is a specially curated gallery of adorable pups, cute cubs and curious kittens from the whole spectrum of art history and beyond, sure to warm the cockles of even the hardest heart. See a few of my favourites below; from the mythical animals…

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“I am fascinated by the movement of people in New York and it’s that flux of energy that I paint about.”   Celebrated artist Bill Jacklin RA is the subject of shows at the Marlborough Fine Art : Bill Jacklin: Paintings from 1986 to 2016  (8 February 2017- 4 March 2017)   In 1985, Jacklin moved to Manhattan and found his muse in the subject…

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After the Communist revolution in 1917, the new government took control of the art establishment in Russia, nationalising all art collections and laying down the principles that were to govern the creation of works of art. A movement was initiated to put all arts to service of the dictatorship of the proletariat. Clarity and exactitude as opposed to subjectivity and individualism With Constructivism, the Russian…

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  On the 30th December 1916, Grigori Rasputin was murdered. This, along with the military defeats in World War One and the many failings of Tsarist Russia triggered a series of incidents throughout 1917 that led to one of the defining moments in world history: The Russian Revolutions. To mark the upcoming centenary of the Russian Revolutions, we have put together a timeline of what happened. Rasputin (1871-1916) russian…

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For #NationalStressAwarenessDay beat stress with a curated gallery of calming images. Throughout the ages philosophers have wrestled with the notion of art and beauty. From his periodic reference to mathematics in relation to beautiful objects it is often assumed that Aristotle believed there to be a certain order to beauty. In the Metaphysics he says that “the chief forms of beauty are order and symmetry and definiteness.”…

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2016 is the 300th anniversary of the birth of one of the UK’s greatest landscape architects, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, with a year-long festival launched to celebrate his life, work and legacy. Born in 1716, his panoramas of rolling grassland, mighty oaks and shimmering water still grace many stately homes and parks across England including Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth, Burghley, Compton Verney and Highclere Castle – the real Downton Abbey….

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