St Kilda Beach

6 Jun

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St Kilda

6 Jun

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St Kilda

6 Jun

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Ducks, Twilight

6 Jun

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Drawing after Lautrec and Degas

6 Jun

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Maria Callas Aria

23 May

Toulouse Lautrec Exhibition at NGA

16 May

I bussed it up to Canberra to see the Toulouse Lautrec show. I wanted to see the paintings, lithographs and drawings of the artist who inspired and influenced me from a young age. I wanted to see them in the flesh so I  could get some understanding of how the hell this crazy little genius did what he  did. The exhibition was very comprehensive. It featured many of his oil paintings, his bold and colourful lithographs and simple pencil and crayon sketches. Intimate portraits and graphic theatrical posters and illustrations.

A few things struck me about his technique. His drawings are done with an extremely delicate hand. Many of his paintings are done on cardboard, sometimes leaving the cardboard unpainted thus allowing it to become the texture of a cupboard, a door, a wicker chair etc. This neutral background seems to make the paintings more vibrant.

Though the oil paintings have a fresh, vibrant and spontaneous look, they seem to have been created using layers of colour. Some of the skin tone has an opalescent quality. The paintings of theatre personalities -eg La Gouloue entering the Moulin Rouge – attract the eye. The contrasting colours and bold lines, the dramatic lights and darks give full expression to the fun and movement and musicality of parisian nightlife in 1900.

In the morning I spent a few hours looking at the work. In the afternoon I spent three hours walking around copying with soft crayon pencil some of the paintings.  to be cont….