Paintings of the Week Archive

  • I’ve just been reading an interesting post on the Guardian Book Blog about book covers.  I don’t agree with everything the bloggers says – I love pulpy covers! – though...

    Book Covers

    I’ve just been reading an interesting post on the Guardian Book Blog about book covers.  I don’t agree with everything the bloggers says – I love pulpy covers! – though...

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  • It’s now seven days till the broadcast of Series 2 of THE ART OF DECEPTION, my drama about the world of art fraud and forgery.  It tells the tale of...

    Artists Who Are Murderers: Caravaggio

    It’s now seven days till the broadcast of Series 2 of THE ART OF DECEPTION, my drama about the world of art fraud and forgery.  It tells the tale of...

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  • Just back from hols – a week in West Wales, mainly spent reading Gene Wolfe’s splendid Book of the New Sun series.  (Okay, I did ONCE go in the sea,...

    Paintings of the Week: Francoise Gilot

    Just back from hols – a week in West Wales, mainly spent reading Gene Wolfe’s splendid Book of the New Sun series.  (Okay, I did ONCE go in the sea,...

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  • Art historians like to make a distinction between the ‘naked’ and the ‘nude’.  The naked is embarrassing and socially taboo; whereas the nude is beautiful, artistic, and morally acceptable.  Kenneth Clark...

    The Naked and the Nude and the SEXY

    Art historians like to make a distinction between the ‘naked’ and the ‘nude’.  The naked is embarrassing and socially taboo; whereas the nude is beautiful, artistic, and morally acceptable.  Kenneth Clark...

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  • I never recognise myself in photographs; the tall, muscular, heroic man that I know myself to be always get strangely reduced into being a short tubby Welsh bloke.  This just...

    Paintings of the Week: Self Portraits

    I never recognise myself in photographs; the tall, muscular, heroic man that I know myself to be always get strangely reduced into being a short tubby Welsh bloke.  This just...

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  • This week all the paintings I feature, by various artists, are of the River Thames. I remember when I first came to London from University, and a gang of us...

    Paintings of the Week: the Thames

    This week all the paintings I feature, by various artists, are of the River Thames. I remember when I first came to London from University, and a gang of us...

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  •   Today I am going to continue with the theme of Art and Madness. I got into this weird riff when I began showing pictures by the committed lunatic and sexual...

    Paintings of the Week: Van Gogh

      Today I am going to continue with the theme of Art and Madness. I got into this weird riff when I began showing pictures by the committed lunatic and sexual...

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  • It’s often said that genius is closely allied to madness – which is a great excuse for creative types to behave badly. But last’s week Paintings of the Week feature...

    Paintings of the Week

    It’s often said that genius is closely allied to madness – which is a great excuse for creative types to behave badly. But last’s week Paintings of the Week feature...

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  • Here are two examples of ‘art brut’ from Swiss artist Adolf Wolfi.  Art brut is a concept coined by the French artist Jean Dubuffet, and is sometimes called ‘naive art’...

    Paintings of the Week

    Here are two examples of ‘art brut’ from Swiss artist Adolf Wolfi.  Art brut is a concept coined by the French artist Jean Dubuffet, and is sometimes called ‘naive art’...

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  • Edward Hopper (1882-1967) was one of of the great portrait painters of small town America. His paintings look like movie stills – and his style is much imitated by cinematographers. ...

    Paintings of the Week

    Edward Hopper (1882-1967) was one of of the great portrait painters of small town America. His paintings look like movie stills – and his style is much imitated by cinematographers. ...

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  • The beautiful painting above is by Vermeer; and it could only be by Vermeer.  Even if you didn’t recognise the actual painting, there’s no other artist who paints domestic scenes...

    Paintings of the Week

    The beautiful painting above is by Vermeer; and it could only be by Vermeer.  Even if you didn’t recognise the actual painting, there’s no other artist who paints domestic scenes...

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  • This week, just to annoy that puritancial Calvinist Archie Tait, here’s some gratuitous nudity.  Note: An odalisque is a female slave in a harem – a popular subject with many...

    Paintings of the Week

    This week, just to annoy that puritancial Calvinist Archie Tait, here’s some gratuitous nudity.  Note: An odalisque is a female slave in a harem – a popular subject with many...

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  • This week, just for fun, here are two great paintings that have inspired two great songs.

    Paintings of the Week

    This week, just for fun, here are two great paintings that have inspired two great songs.

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  • Last year I wrote a radio serial about art and art forgery called The Art of Deception, which was broadcast in 5 x 15 minute episodes on BBC Radio 4;  this...

    Paintings of the Week

    Last year I wrote a radio serial about art and art forgery called The Art of Deception, which was broadcast in 5 x 15 minute episodes on BBC Radio 4;  this...

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