Magazin'Art

Edgar Degas

LONDON

If you happen to find yourself strolling through Trafalgar Square in London and a sudden overwhelming desire conspires within your breast to enter the hallowed halls of the British National Gallery, succumb to the temptation. There, from June 23 through to September 4, 2016, you will be able to see Painters’ Paintings: From Freud to Van Dyck. Now in some ways the thought of pairing up pictures seems to have swept through the curatorial world but the bee’s knees of this movement has in my mind come to fruition in London.

There, some 80 works of art which once belonged to great artists themselves are on display paired up with work by the artist that owned the painting. As Sir Joshua Reynolds wrote, “Works of art are models you are to imitate, and at the same time rivals you are to combat.”

The paintings are divided up into a series of case studies devoted to a particular painter-collector: Freud, Matisse, Degas, Leighton, Watts, Lawrence, Reynolds and Van Dyck.

Summer 2016

If you happen to find yourself strolling through Trafalgar Square in London…

QUEBEC CITY

Quebec City is a beautiful place, especially during the autumn. I’ve often thought that parts of Old Quebec look exactly like what most people think Paris looks like. Now if that isn’t enough to persuade you to visit one of the oldest cities in North America then this should.

From October 10, 2013 until February 16, 2014 , the Musee National des Beaux Arts du Quebec will be presenting The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism.

The exhibition is made up of 62 French Impressionist and post-Impressionist, paintings sculptures and graphic works from the collection of Paley, who along with having a fine eye for art also founded the CBS television network.

Artists featured in the exhibition include Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre Bonnard, Georges Roualt and Andre Derain. Paley described the way he felt when looking at his collection as, “voluptuous aesthetic delight.”

Autumn 2013

Quebec City is a beautiful place, especially during the autumn. I’ve often thought that parts of Old Quebec…