I attach an early painting of spring flowers by Monet - painted differently from his better known Impressionist. It is quite academically painted with great contrasts of light and dark. ‘Monet is quoted as saying, "I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers." He painted this work in 1864, the first productive year of his career.
This early work reveal's Monet's fascination with capturing the transitory effects that became the primary focus of his later innov
Over the past week I read Michael Frayn’s book ‘Headlong.’ It’s a fictional account about the discovery of a missing Bruegel painting that was one of six of his paintings about the ‘seasons.’ The plot of the book I found to be farcical, but the historical content was very informative both about the narrative content of the pictures, and the political environment in which they were produced. You will have seen ‘Hunters in the Snow’ ( January/February) as it is often reproduc