The Artist’s Timeline: Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky was born December 1866 in Moscow, Russia, and died at the age of 77, on December 16, 1944. Kandinsky was a painter and an art theorist, who not only graduated from Grekov Odessa Art School, but also studied Law and Economics at the University of Moscow. Kandinsky is viewed as one of the first artists to paint a truly abstract piece, and taught basic design for beginners, and an advanced theory class at the Bauhaus.

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Paul Nash Exhibition (Tate, SCVA & Laing)

The Paul Nash exhibition from Tate Britain opened at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA), April 8, 2017. With 80% of the original exhibition installed, the mild fragrance of fresh paint still in the air, and the deep purple walls of the first room, ‘We Are Making a New World’ evoked emotions from the moment you entered the Crescent Wing.

Book Review: Picasso: My Grandfather

When Picasso died in 1973, he left behind four children and three grandchildren. ‘In order to create, he had to destroy everything that got in the way of his creation’ (Picasso: 2001, 74), and Picasso: My Grandfather is a raw account of a girl, then a woman, who would only ever see the evil in Picasso’s genius, and witnesses the destruction first hand. She bravely recounts her life as a Picasso, and the 14 years of psychoanalysis in order to reach a place where she no longer feels in the shadow of her Grandfather.

The Artist’s Timeline: Clovis Trouille

Camille Clovis Trouille was born October 24, 1889 in La Fère, France, and died September 24, 1975 in Paris, France. One of the lost Surrealists, Trouille has become not much more than a footnote in history. For Trouille, joining the Surrealist movement was purely for exposure, participating rarely with Surrealist events. Trouille's art works are an incredible insight into the world he perceived around him, of the beauty and corruption. NB: The Artist's Timeline is an overview of selected art works which have been chosen as an introduction to an artist.

Portraits of an Artist: Pablo Picasso

Picasso by Juan Gris

He was the Minotaur, the playboy of his era, he made the rules to break the rules, he was selfish yet a genius, he had no set style but a thousand styles, he was not Pablo, only Picasso. Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (aka Pablo Picasso) was born in Málaga, Spain on October 25, 1881. A child prodigy, at 20 years old Picasso left Spain for Paris to become a distinguished artist. For Picasso, to succeed in Paris would be to conquer the world.