Monthly Archives: July 2014

Contrapposto

Contrapposto

First published in The Guardian, 30 April, 2014.   The more I think about it, the more it seems to me that the development of contrapposto was one of the most important events in the history of art. There was already a few thousand years of stiff, static figures in art, so it was by […]

True Romance

True Romance

First published in The Guardian, 16 April 2014   Cinderella’s life story is a  true rags to riches fairytale. She went from nothing to ultimately marrying the most desirable man in the kingdom. Prince Charming was ridiculously good looking – a fortunate genetic accident that partially compensated for his extreme stupidity. By asking every single woman […]

Wankers

Wankers

First published in The Guardian, 2 April, 2014. Manet was a radical artist in many different ways. His painting technique was not the standard polished perfection of the time but had visible brushstrokes that veered between sketchy and thick and creamy. He created stark juxtapositions of light and dark, often doing away with mid tones altogether. […]