It’s been ages since I last posted (the longest yet) but I hope to make amends today by writing a longer post – a kind of round-up of posts I should have written.
The 11th August was popular children’s writer Enid Blyton’s birthday (11 August 1897 – 28 November 1968). Here’s a a link to another post I wrote about this author over on my Bookstains. Eileen A Soper illustrated every one of 21 Famous Five books.
Eileen A Soper (b. 1905 – 1990 Hertfordshire UK)was an illustrator , print maker and a watercolourist. She had her first exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1921 at the age of 15, making her the youngest artist ever to exhibit. Two of her etchings were bought by Queen Mary.
Her work has great nostalgic appeal and is as attractive today to adults as it was a source of delight to them when they were children. A gallery of this artist’s work can be found here
Other artists birthdays include Andy Warhol whose birthday I celebrated a while back with this post which featured one a page of my altered book (this book is still ongoing… complete with artist research)
News of an exciting exhibition is coming to Manchester City Gallery (Saturday 24 September 2011 – Sunday 29 January 2012) A major exhibition of Pre Raphaelite artist Ford Maddox Brown will go on show. Over 140 paintings by the artist, including his Manchester Town Hall murals (which I have seen) will be exhibited. The work will be divided into different themes and periods of the artist’s life including his radical change of direction artistically. Ford Madox Brown is particularly well-known for his narrative paintings which relate to life in the Victorian age and I think that viewing the paintings collectively will give the viewer a clearer idea of how radical the Pre Raphaelites really were. The 12 paintings, known as The Manchester murals depict life in the city in the Victorian age – a must for any Mancunian interested in their city. The exhibition which will also include a rediscovered painting by the artist. The painting The Seraph’s Watch could prove to be a crowd puller. Here’s a tantalising detail from it below.
Eileen A Soper Gallery (images from there)
Heather’s Blyton pages (all the book images can be found here too)
Andy Warhol image and art history here
More about Ford Madox Brown (and Work image) here
Seraph’s Watch image and an interesting article about this exhibition and Victorian art in general here