Thursday, January 10, 2013

An outing

I had to go to the Chiropractor this morning (my foot) so as I was out I decided to go to the National gallery to see Radiance The Neo-impressionist movement that developed in France and Belgium from the 1880s through to the outbreak of the First World War.  A freebie with my renewed membership.
The poster is the Port of Saint Tropez by Max Luce (French),
Neo-Impressionism begins in 1884, when Georges Seurat (1859-1891) first met Paul Signac (1863-1935), 20-year-old Paul Signac being largely a self-taught painter. 
After seeing a Monet exhibition he decided to become a painter Oh if it was so easy!!!
Their work is renowned for it technique of dots but as Seurat said 

    The belief that the Neoimpressionists are painters who cover their canvases with multi-                coloured little dots is a very widespread error.....
     The Neo-impressionist does not dot, he divides 

There were works by many artists of the movement,
Pissaro, Seurat Signac, Van Rysselberghe, Luce Cross and Dubois -Pillet
Signac. Gasometers at Clichy
Seurat Study for the Bec du Hoc
 Luce,  Port du Saint Tropez  
My favourite was this by Theo Van Rysselberghe (Belgian) 
Canal in Flanders Gloomy weather 
A note said that he became a popular portrait painter But many people wanted him to paint in the old style,
 One person said to him 
"I adore what you do but want you to do something else!"

There was also an installation in the entrance court about speaking out in Indonesia. Bits of   it moved Flags started to wave the drum at the front banged out a few beats 


Side view shows it is heads and boots no bodies 

Walking back to the car on a lovely sunny day the fountains were sparkling in the sun.

Also a good spot to see the  Eureka Tower 



1 comment:

Celia said...

I do like Seurat's work and hadn't realized how many others worked in the way he did at that time. Your favourite one is quite different from many of the others- I guess it's the almost monotone of it- well two tone- green and grey that makes it so different.
The Indonesia protest looks fascinating.
What a glorious day out in a lovely city.