|View from the Cafe at the Tate Modern|
At the Tate there were numerous exhibitions: 'Poetry and Dream' featured a large central room dedicated to Surrealism, while the surrounding rooms featured works by artists influenced by Surrealism and its methods. 'Energy and Process' was both challenging and controversial, particularly one room, which displayed three large canvasses that had red paint thrown at them! Is that really art I wondered!
The National Gallery was where I viewed magnificent works by the movers and shakers. There was no doubt in my mind that here was one of the greatest collections of Western European painting in the world, ranging from the Middle Ages to the first decade of the twentieth century. Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' (1888) was the most popular, judging by the sheer numbers of young tourists crowded in front of the painting all eagerly taking photos. I had to jostle my way through the crowd so as to get a couple of photos for myself!
|Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' (1888) at The National Gallery|
|...isms Understanding Art by Stephen Little (Bloomsbury, Publ 2014)|
*City Slickers is a social group for people from different walks of life based in Wellingborough who every 4-6 weeks make a point of going somewhere a bit special with members and friends usually in London, Birmingham, Oxfordshire...well wherever there is an event that we want to see/do.