During my London trip, I had the pleasure of visiting all the major art galleries in the city.
I was like a kid in a candy shop :)
Of course I didn’t buy any art, but I did take THOUSANDS of photos!
I took photos of the entrances! Of the floors! Of the corridors! The art. The didactic panels. The frames. The doors. The spaces. The negative spaces. Haha I truly enjoyed every little detail.
I didn’t plan to share any of it on my blog, because seriously, even I think I over did it.
However, I do want to share these snaps from the Tate Britain Art Gallery, home of British art from the 1500s to present day.
Close up of Portrait of Elizabeth I (1563) by Steven van der Meulen and Steven van Herwijck.
This is the earliest known full-length portrait of the queen. Here’s the link to the full portrait. It’s gorgeous!!
Although it looks yellow here, the background was “gold” paint and had a stunning, satin sheen to it… making the whole painting shimmer.
If I paid money to get my portrait done, I’d want something OVER THE TOP like this too haha.
Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose (1885–6) by John Singer Sargent
I don’t know much about John Singer Sargent, except that he was a famous portrait artist based in London/Europe and he used to hang out with Monet and the other Impressionist dudes.
I recognised this painting from a high school art book (over 20 years ago), and yep… it is more amazing, more staggeringly beautiful and more mind-blowingly impressive in real life.
I have no words.
Study of Mme Gautreau (1884) by John Singer Sargent
This is the sketch (yes a sketch!) of Sargent’s infamous painting Madame X, which caused such a huge controversy in Paris at the time that it damaged Sargent’s reputation as a portrait artist, and as a result, he decided to move to London. The rest of the painting can be seen here.
Whatever the case, it is a stunning study, and I would kill to be able to “sketch” like that!
Don’t know about you, but I want to crack open my charcoals after all this…