A warm welcome to my new site dedicated to Art that I have found to have great foresight. It is therefore biased and only includes art I have viewed and experienced personally, whether classical or contemporary, performed or static. Much will be local, though I have travelled to art galleries and festivals throughout the world in my time. I include famous, infamous and non-famous artists – skilled and unskilled. The main thing is that they have provoked and challenged my thoughts.
Art so Provident is a title I have distorted from a line in Shakespeare’s 10th Sonnet: ‘Since though art so unprovident’ – where he is angered and accuses his muse of being improvident or thoughtless. I have chosen this because that is what many think much of Art is…
The banner is Guernica, by Picasso, who many saw as a con-artist scribbling child-like brush strokes to sell to the highest bidder. The work originally started out on a comment about “The Rape of the Sabines” for a peace exhibition in Paris. While painting this, the horrific bombing of Guernica in Spain, made in a collaboration between Hitler and Franco to test out weapons on rebellious Basques, shocked the world. After seeing a black and white photo in the daily newspaper, Picasso began a new wall-sized painting of La Guernica to express how he felt when he saw the photo and read the news. After viewing it in the Prado gallery in Madrid – I think it is one of the most expressive paintings I have seen.
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