Thursday, 27 July 2006

Rebels and Martyrs

Jean-Désiré-Gustave Courbet - Self Portrait (The Desperate Man) ca 1843 © Private Collection, courtesy of BNP (*?)
I've already posted a blog on this exhibition, but today I received The National Gallery's e-news, which quotes rave reviews from the press: "riveting" trills the Observer, "fascinating and imaginative" thunders The Times, "hugely enjoyable and informative" muses Metro. Okay, art critics suck, but on this occasion they may have a point. The two paintings I've seen from this show are excellent (the Courbet is a late addition from a private collection). The best time to visit is Wednesday evenings, when admission is only £4 and includes a free guided tour. Note: I've tweaked the gamma setting on the Courbet graphic, so you can see it better. (*BNP? What's the British National Party got to do with Courbet? I thought all they knew about art was on their T-shirts.)

2 Comments:

At 27/7/06, Blogger Jacoblog said...

I really like that self-portrait. Actually I'm liking a lot of the work in that exhibit. One day I will go to the National Gallery.

 
At 27/7/06, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

The National Gallery is one of the world's finest. Its Renaissance collection is huge. It stops at the best of the Impressionists. Perfect taste! And the new entrance opened this year. That is impressive in itself. You're gobsmacked before you begin looking at the paintings!

 

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