William Marshall & Wendy French are enthusiastic about the Eric Ravilious exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery (running until August 31st)
Victor Hugo at Villers-la-Ville until August 16 and Le Malade Imaginaire at Villers-la-Ville until August 8.
The 12th-century abbey of Villers-la-Ville in Belgium has a tradition of open air summer theatre that dates back more than a hundred years – but the tradition is not quite unbroken.
One of Britain’s biggest pop icons and one of France’s intellectual giants have more in common than you might think.
Two things strike in this exhibition: a strong sense of Englishness and a creative link to an artistic heritage as far back as the antique world.
An exhibition of the extraordinary output of France’s Henri Cartier-Bresson, hailed as the founder of photojournalism and “the eye of the century”. That is true in the fullest sense of the words, given his exceptional ability to see the telling detail, or, in his own words, to seize the fact related to “the deep reality”.
With their green goats, giant roosters and bridal couples flying through the air, Marc Chagall’s works appear fantastic, but he insisted he only painted direct reminiscences of his own life.
Faces Then focuses on the 16th-century, regarded as the golden age of the portrait, when it was the rich, the powerful and the burgeoning bourgeoisie who could afford to have their portraits taken. Faces Now confines itself to the period since 1990, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and, with it, the collapse of ideologies and artistic parameters.
This is a thought provoking exhibition that aims to go beyond the surface of simply putting faces to the famous names. It suggests an art form that continues to find ways of revealing the self but also reveals the artist as a conduit for all human emotion.
Jill Harris enthuses about a remarkable tapestry on show at London’s Fleming Collection
Matisse’s original idea of producing this cut and paste art form in the 1940s, was a major breakthrough in minimalism. The genius of a great artist is to make complex work in a simple way.
What exactly is the essence of Belgium? Far harder to pin down than French chic or English sang-froid, the nation’s uneasy mix of Walloon and Flemish, surreal and down-to-earth, all miraculously held together, is perfectly encapsulated by the Atomium – a giant, futuristic structure on the northern edge of Brussels.
This exhibition includes examples of David Harker’s project Species of Trees and drawings, paintings and prints from his portfolio of landscape imagery.