Happy Birthday Maurice de Vlaminck!!

French artist Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958) was one of the main figures of the Fauve movement. The Fauvists included Andre Derain and Henri Matisse amongst their members. The Fauvists (‘wild beasts’) were known for their use of intense colour which at the time, was quite innovative (1904 – 1908). Vlaminck was a very interesting artistContinue reading “Happy Birthday Maurice de Vlaminck!!”

Happy Birthday Max Ernst!!

Max Ernst born 1891- 1976 was a Surrealist artist. Born in Germany, he became a Naturalised American in 1948 and French in 1958. He was prolific in painting, sculpture, poetry and graphics art. He was a leading light and pioneer in his artistic approach to Surrealism and Dadaism. A lot of information about the artistContinue reading “Happy Birthday Max Ernst!!”

Happy Birthday William Morris (1834-1896)

I thought that I would test the new ‘story’ facility on WordPress with this tryout on William Morris’s birthday. It works well. What I’d like to know is: if the story should be published first and – then writing added on (like I’m doing here) OR do the story and save, add to the writtenContinue reading “Happy Birthday William Morris (1834-1896)”

Art I LOVE Maggi Hambling (A W.A.R. Post)

W.A.R.? What is it good for? – absolutely nothing. W.A.R. what does it stand for? – Worth A Reblog! I’ve always loved the art of Maggie Hambling.  I’m a big fan of painterly, expressionistic art – words which aptly describe this artists work.  Hambling studied East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing from 1960, under the tutelageContinue reading “Art I LOVE Maggi Hambling (A W.A.R. Post)”

Google Doodles Do – Art

NEW POST ON BOOKSTAINS HERE Google Doodles began in 1998 and were unanimated and unhyperlinked until 2010, when Sir Isaac Newton was honoured with the very first animation. Over 2000 international and regional Doodles have appeared through its homepages, featuring artists, personalities, musicians etc and by 2019, over 4000 Doodles had been created for GoogleContinue reading “Google Doodles Do – Art”

Something to crow about?

Crow by Arthur Rackham The other day, feeling a bit miserable looking at the battering rain and dark skies, I began to add some gothic pins to my Pinterest. I came across some crow related items and thought that it would make a good blog theme. I was struck by the number of Crow picturesContinue reading “Something to crow about?”