A Taste of Impressionism: French Modern Art from Millet to Matisse
Among the highlights of this survey of Scotland’s love affair with Impressionism and its legacy is a newfound Van Gogh, along with Monets and Matisses gore.
Scottish National Gallery, EdinburghFrom July 30 to November 13
This haunting photographer focuses her lens on the things we leave behind.
Steeles Centre, Edinburghuntil October 8th
Young and impulsive?Art in 1980s Germany: Punk, Painting, and Prints
The neo-expressionist scene in 1980s Germany in all its rioting intensity, including Elvira Bach, Ina Parvus and Georg Basilitz.
Ashmolean Museum, OxfordFrom July 30 to November 20
Suitable homes for people: Tessa Lynch
Publications that explore alternative models of housing and cooperative play.
Edinburgh Printmakersuntil September 18
George Shaw: The local
This painter immerses you in his melancholy vision of modern Britain.
Fund, PlymouthUntil 4th September
picture of the week
Magnum Italian photographer Ferdinando Siana has come to the end of his glorious six-decade career, but in a deeply entertaining and insightful interview he gave us, he claims to believe that only a tiny percentage of the images he took—including this shadow picture playing in his native Sicily— it was good. Read the full interview here
what we learned
Masterpiece of the week
Christ crowned with thorns, monastery workshopas bouts c. 1470 – 75
Crystal balls of salt water hang over the face of Jesus. The horrific truth of his tears is just one of the ways this painting depicts to hurt you in the most painful and compassionate direct encounters you can create with the suffering of the incarnate Son of God. His eyes were bloodshot from sadness and suffering, their redness reflecting the dark blood flowing on his forehead as he cut a crown of thorns on him. Flemish painters discovered a glimpse of reality in the late Middle Ages which allowed them to create work like this where materialistic details accumulate to a frightening extent. Potts, whose apprentices or assistants most likely painted this in his style, takes this wonderfully and disturbingly realistic cocktail into his masterpiece. fall of the damned. This small painting (43.8 x 37.1 cm) makes Christ himself appear to be immersed.
The National Gallery, London
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