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Checking on your New Year’s Resolutions


I am very keen on the National Art Pass

The Art Fund is well worth looking at. If you become a member you help to fund purchases, restorations and other good things. On top of that you get a National Art Pass that gets you into galleries for free or half price.  Art Fund

The article below about New Year’s Resolutions was on the Art Fund website at the beginning of the year. Midsummer’s Day is any minute so I thought I’d remind myself about what they suggested as ‘arty’ resolutions.


Keep your resolutions with advice from these five artists

Be more productive, more perceptive, more curious about the world. What are your New Year’s resolutions? These quotes from five inspirational artists offer words of wisdom to help kickstart your 2018.

1. Pablo Picasso’s productivity

Talk about making the most of a year; for Pablo Picasso, 1932 was a frenzy of creation, with the artist making more than 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper in the space of just a few months.

Whatever your New Year’s resolutions, this prolific period in Picasso’s life is testament to what can be achieved with dedication and application – and how everything can change in as little as a year.

As he once famously said: ‘Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.’

Opening in 2018, Picasso 1932: Love, Fame Tragedy at Tate Modern explores Picasso’s ‘year of wonders’, when he completed many of his major works – including three portraits of his lover, Marie-Thérèse Walter, produced in a five-day window.

2. Claude Monet’s observation

Claude Monet used similar motifs throughout his work – lily pads, flowers, water, haystacks – all depicted in his distinct, highly perceptive style, capturing the effects of natural light through broken colour and diffuse brushstrokes.

His approach is a lesson in the power of observation, and taking time to appreciate the scene around you.

As Monet once put it: ‘Paint what you really see, not what you think you ought to see.’

3. Tacita Dean’s curiosity

Working primarily in film, contemporary artist Tacita Dean has travelled the world – from Bodmin Moor in England to the vast lands of Wyoming in the American West – discovering detail we all too often ignore.

‘You go places, and you want to make something as a result of that,’ she says.

Dean’s attentiveness to place serves as a reminder to engage with our environment, to immerse ourselves in the moment and to listen to the stories of the land.

An upcoming exhibition at the Royal Academy, Tacita Dean: Landscape, illustrates her restless quest to document the world around us, at a time when it truly requires our attention.

4. Bridget Riley’s perception

Vivid colours and patterns create movement in Bridget Riley’s Op art paintings. The optical effect of curving elements and diagonal lines encourages you to see and think differently. A new outlook for 2018?

As Bridget Riley said: ‘Perception is the medium.’

Challenge your perceptions at Southampton City Art Gallery by viewing Riley’s Red Movement which was Art Funded in 2005.

5. Paul Cézanne’s emotion

Often termed the ‘father’ of modern art, Paul Cézanne was a pioneer in the way he combined formal experimentation with an intensely emotional, humane approach to his subjects.

Downcast eyes, raised eyebrows and pensive smiles: Cézanne’s portraits are laden with feeling, and the moods of the painter often seem as visible in his images as those of his sitters.

As the artist once said: ‘A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.’

Bonus: Winnie-the-Pooh’s open heart

Okay, so Pooh Bear is not an artist – but he is an icon thanks to author AA Milne and illustrator EH Shepard. This year, in what can sometimes feel like an increasingly divided world, his infectious sense of wonder – and fabled, unflagging kindness – might just offer the example we need.

After all, we could do worse than take a leaf out of Pooh’s book and remember, ‘A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.’

See Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger and more at Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic at the V&A, and discover how one small bear has had such an enduring influence on popular culture.

With a National Art Pass you don’t need to choose. See art across the UK with free entry to 240 museums and galleries and 50% off entry to major exhibitions.

Degas to Picasso – on our doorstep


Oxford is just up the road from where I live. I hope to go to this exhibition after half term has run its course.

http://www.ashmolean.org/exhibitions/degastopicasso/

Degas to Picasso

Creating Modernism in France

In works by Matisse, Manet, Chagall, Renoir, Degas, Léger and Picasso, this ground-breaking exhibition tells one of the most compelling stories in the history of art – the rise of modernism. 

From 1800 to the mid-twentieth century, this story was played out in France, especially in Paris where international artists were drawn by salons and dealers, the creative exchange between poets and painters and the bohemian atmosphere of such places as Montmartre and Montparnasse.

With over 100 works from a private collection that has never been seen in Britain before, the exhibition plots a course from Romantic artists such as Ingres, Gericault and Delacroix via the dramatic artistic transformations of Van Gogh and Cézanne, to the radical experiments in Cubism by innovators such as Picasso and Braque.

Tickets £11 Full Price with Donation for Gift Aid Purposes*
£10 Concessions with Donation for Gift Aid Purposes*£10 Standard Full Price
£9 Standard Concessions

£5 12-17 years & Art Fund Members

*Gift Aid Tickets include an additional £1 voluntary donation allowing the Museum to reclaim tax on both the donation and the ticket price. More information is given on our booking pages. Standard ticket prices are shown below.
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Opening Dates and Times

Exhibition Dates 10 February – 7 May 2017
Opening Times 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday, and Bank Holidays
We are closed on Mondays

Visiting & Tickets

Timed tickets are in operation. Advance booking is advised, but tickets can be bought on the day of your visit at the Museum if tickets are available.