Whenever I visit a museum or gallery or new town I inevitably find something that I’d love to hang on my wall or display in my flat, or garden. The fact that I have a) have no more room for collectables or art b) a terrace not a garden and c) couldn’t afford to buy it is immaterial. Here are a few things that recently caught my eye.
A German painter and photographer, Polke experimented with a wide range of styles, subject matters and materials. In the 1970s, he concentrated on photography, returning to paint in the 1980s, when he produced abstract works created by chance through chemical reactions between paint and other products. This is one such work of art which hangs in the Fondation Louis Vuitton and I loved its ethereal and magical quality. Sadly I’m not sure my photo does it justice.
Even though Pierre-Auguste Renoir, a leading Impressionist, ended his days in my home town, I’m generally not a fan of some of his chocolate boxy style paintings. Of course, I’m generalising, it’s the content rather than his style that leaves me cold. He’s renowned for his luminous scenes of figures in landscapes. Renoir applied pigment with lively brushstrokes that effectively captured flickering light and atmosphere. However, this one small jewel of a painting caught my eye in the Picasso Museum. The fish positively glistened, as if freshly caught, just as they do at my local fish monger’s in Cros-de-Cagnes. Now I’m sure I could find a spot for it, somewhere, anywhere!
The Musee Marmottan Monet which we visited last November is currently staging an exhibition of the works of Camille Corot, though of his paintings of people not the landscapes for which he’s better know. He was a prolific artist who produced over 3,000 in his lifetime, and inspired countless numbers of forgeries and copies. I prefer his realistic landscapes of Northern Europe over his historical ones which often contain figures from mythology. This painting which graces the walls of the museum of the would look fantastic on my lounge wall, if only I had enough space (and money).
Last October we visited an exhibition of the works of Alfred Sisley in nearby Aix-en-Provence, many of which I’d be happy to give house room. He’s another landscape artist, a British citizen who was born and spent most of his life in France. He was the most consistent of the Impressionists in his dedication to painting landscape en plein air (outdoors) which fulfilled all his artistic needs. His landscapes are very tranquil,in pale shades of green, pink, purple, dusty blue and cream. Although, over the years his power of expression and colour intensity increased. In this picture I love how the sky is beautifully reflected in the water.
Sadly I only have a terrace, too small to house a sizeable civic sculpture like this one I recently admired in Ljubljana. In general, I really enjoy civic sculptures and we’ve plenty decorating our own promenade but think how exciting it would be to have some in the Domaine gardens (header picture above). I can but dream!