Notes on Portraiture

Jordi Ruiz Cirera, Margarita Teichroeb from the series Menonos, 2011 Ask ‘What is captured in a portrait?’ and more questions arise thick and fast. Successful portraits, if one believes Henri Matisse, are contingent ‘on the projection of the feeling of the artist in relation to his model rather than in organic accuracy’.¹ What does ‘accuracy’ mean … Continue reading Notes on Portraiture

Tate Britain is …

I made an effort to approach the newly hung Tate Britain with an open mind. It helped that I attended the keynote speech delivered by Tate Britain’s Director, Penelope Curtis at last year’s Association of Art Historian conference. Curtis had discussed the changes at length. So, it is fair to say I had some idea as to what … Continue reading Tate Britain is …

Carving the Image

Imagism, the poetic format initiated by Ezra Pound, had a significant impact upon the sculptural work of his associate Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. Too poor to buy stone, the artist initially made use of off-cuts acquired from the mason who occupied the other half of his Putney studio. Thus, the form and to some extent the imagery … Continue reading Carving the Image