Category: Art

“The Seurat of Sussex” Laura Cumming, The Observer The first major exhibition curated by James Russell to survey watercolours by celebrated British artist Eric Ravilious opened on 1 April 2015 at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Well known for his iconic work for Wedgwood, Ravilious is widely considered one of the key figures in mid-20th century British design but he was also one of the finest watercolourists…

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The V&A is hosting the first and largest retrospective in Europe of one of the most innovative fashion designers of recent times. ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty‘ showcases his visionary body of work, spanning from his graduate collection to the final pieces before his untimely death. Bridgeman’s Head of Sales in Berlin, Ute Krebs, shares her thoughts about the celebratory exhibition, alongside selected fashion pieces from…

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Art & Design Licensing Trends

Posted by Published on March 6, 2015

We love to monitor all the industries we serve and see what trends are prevalent and could become significant in the coming year. Polling trade publications, home decor sites, fashion blogs and art licensing specialists, here are some of the key art and design trends we have spotted. Trending… Modern Myth Over-Scaled Florals Contemporary Vintage  Pantone Colour report. Spring 2015: En Plein Air Tropical/Botanical/Green Geometric …

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Kiss Me, Though I Might Not Be Irish

Posted by Published on March 1, 2015

March 17 marks the anniversary of the death of St. Patrick (387-461), which has evolved from a sombre religious holiday commemorating the patron saint of Ireland to a day synonymous with busy, and often drunken, festivities particularly in North America. Enjoy a few facts about these celebrations to get excited about the Irish food, drinks, and kisses you might share on this year’s St. Paddy’s…

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Leighton House Museum: A Victorian Obsession

Posted by Published on February 10, 2015

A seductive antidote to the hustle and bustle of modern life, Leighton House beckons visitors to conceive of a different world view, where the adoration of beauty is paramount and time is purely a concept to be played with. President of the Royal Academy, Frederic, Lord Leighton travelled widely and was heavily influenced by the orient – a trait typical among his contemporaries.  Back in…

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Making Of: Book Cover Art 2014

Posted by Published on February 1, 2015

Highlighting how images licensed from the Bridgeman archive were transformed by designers into book covers in 2014. Every image tells a story.     England’s Emblem, 1907 (earthenware with blue glaze) by Walter Crane (1845-1915) / Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, USA / Bridgeman Images © Allen Lane A still life with glass of wine, tazza and a pewter plate by Hans van Sant (C.17th) / Johnny Van…

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Forty days & Forty nights

Posted by Published on February 1, 2015

Ash Wednesday kicks off the season for reflection and restraint. Seek inspiration from the archive for your Lent resolutions.  1 – Lose Weight & Get In Shape Take solace in the fact that losing weight and getting in shape are universal obsessions…even the ancient Romans were preoccupied with their figures. If you go on a diet, make sure you eat enough so that you don’t –  in a fit of…

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Art

Modigliani: The man behind the mask

Posted by Published on January 24, 2015

At the 95th anniversary of Modigliani’s death (January 24) we take a look at the man behind a controversial reputation. Self Portrait, 1919 by Amedeo Modigliani(1884-1920) / Museu de Arte, Sao Paulo, Brazil / Bridgeman Images   Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920) is often referred to as one of the greatest—and most misunderstood—artists of the twentieth century. Despite his great talent, Modigliani lived a penurious life, which has…

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Walls of Water: Maggi Hambling

Posted by Published on November 25, 2014

The National Gallery celebrated the return of Maggi Hambling CBE, its first Artist in Residence over a year ago. Here is an overview of the exhibition, her life and work. Experience the intensity of crashing waves in vast, new works by one of Britain’s most distinguished contemporary artists.  Maggi Hambling began her continuing series of ‘Walls of Water’ paintings in 2010 that currently consist of…

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UK based arts and culture bible, Apollo Magazine, recently named The Sterling and Francine Clark Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, the best Museum Opening (or re-opening) of 2014. In July, the museum, usually referred to simply as The Clark, unveiled their brand new space featuring cutting edge design by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, transforming the landscape of their 140-acre country estate. A Family Affair Established in…

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