REVIEW | Helen Saunders: Modernist Rebel – Courtauld Gallery, London

Vorticism is one of those movements that, in my experience, very rarely receives public attention. In fact, the only major figures who probably come up more often than others is Wyndham Lewis, the short-lived movement’s co-founder, and perhaps David Bomberg. The Courtauld’s exhibition on Helen Saunders’ drawings and watercolours, one of only two female membersContinue reading “REVIEW | Helen Saunders: Modernist Rebel – Courtauld Gallery, London”

REVIEW | Fuseli and the Modern Woman: Fashion, Fantasy, Fetishism – Courtauld Gallery, London

Fuseli and the Modern Woman at the Courtauld Gallery, London, is like a provocatively sexy catwalk. Featuring 50 of Henry Fuseli’s private drawings of his wife Sophia and other stylish characters in society, there is a feeling that these were made as some sort of external release for the artist’s repressed interests and desires, likeContinue reading “REVIEW | Fuseli and the Modern Woman: Fashion, Fantasy, Fetishism – Courtauld Gallery, London”

REVIEW | Van Gogh. Self-Portraits – The Courtauld Gallery, London

Van Gogh. Self-Portraits at The Courtauld Gallery was a fabulous assembly of nearly half of the artist’s surviving autobiographical likenesses, specifically 16 from at least 35 in total. They even threw in Van Gogh’s Chair (National Gallery, London) and his portrait of Eugène Boch (Musée d’Orsay, Paris) for good measure. Every encounter was a personalContinue reading “REVIEW | Van Gogh. Self-Portraits – The Courtauld Gallery, London”

REVIEW | The Art of Experiment: Parmigianino at The Courtauld – The Courtauld Gallery, London

The Art of Experiment is a beautiful little show devoted to The Courtauld’s small but significant holdings of works by Parmigianino. Comprising 24 autograph sheets of drawings, about half are on display to represent the artist’s extraordinary frescoes, altarpieces, and prints. It’s quite humbling to see here some studies for the artist’s most famous paintings,Continue reading “REVIEW | The Art of Experiment: Parmigianino at The Courtauld – The Courtauld Gallery, London”