Orpheus and Eurydice

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

Part 2: Orpheus In my blog about Eurydice http://margotaloudon.eu/orpheus-and-eurydice/ , we left Orpheus at the point at which Eurydice died for a second time.  A grief-stricken Orpheus continued to roam Thrace, inconsolable, and although with his music he could charm wild animals and indeed the whole natural world, his obsessive grief enraged a mob of Thracian women, perhaps followers of …

A poem I wrote to accompany the 2015 exhibition.

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

I also decided to reflect my thoughts on the sad fate of Eurydice in this short poem, with a less than romantic tone. EURYDICE’S POINT OF VIEW The stupid fool, he looked back, lost his head. I could have killed him, But I was once more dead. Downwards. I crossed a river swollen with grief, Crossed another flowing fast With …

Orpheus and Eurydice

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

Part 1 Eurydice As mentioned in my previous blog, I have turned full circle to take new pleasure in Greek myth http://margotaloudon.eu/greek-myths-reflected-in-my-work I didn’t wake up one morning and decide to paint Eurydice. I don’t paint like that. Instead the theme emerged when I was taking my inspiration from ancient sculpture and the subject started to find its way out …

Greek Myths reflected in my work

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

Because of lockdown, I have been  unable to write about exhibitions. I particularly regret that I missed the Picasso exhibition at the RA. The idea of commenting on an exhibition experienced virtually does not attract me. Therefore, I thought I would write more about my own work. It clarifies things for me too. Already my website explains the influences of …

Troy at the British Museum

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

I visited the exhibition on Troy at the British Museum about the myths of Troy, and their interpretation and reinterpretation by artists over the millennia, with a dedicated explanation about the archaeological excavations at Hissarlik, the site identified in northern Turkey as the fabled city https://www.britishmuseum.org/exhibitions/troy-myth-and-reality A modern installation comprising sculptures from Antony Caro’s Troy series and a Cy Twombly …

Bridget Riley

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

In January I enjoyed the Bridget Riley exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/venues/hayward-gallery/past-exhibitions/bridget-riley It was a beautiful winter’s day in London, the clear sky already tinged with pink, and as I walked across the Jubilee Bridge to the Hayward, the Thames sparkled. It is years since I have visited the Hayward, but the Bridget Riley exhibition had to be seen. …

Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy, London

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/antony-gormley to see images and explanations. This blog reflects my thoughts on the current exhibition of Antony Gormley’s work at the august Royal Academy, London. Margate Taster Gormley’s work is internationally known. The day bfore visiting the Royal Academy exhibition, I saw one of his works at a much more recent addition to the art world, the Turner Contemporary at …

KÄTHE KOLLWITZ

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

I visited the British Museum’s exhibition, Portrait of the Artist, Käthe Kollwitz; https://britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/portrait_of_the_artist.aspx I have encountered her work before, in Belgium and London, most recently in Tate Britain’s 2018 exhibition, Aftermath, about art reflecting the suffering and destructive consequences of the 1914-1918 war. https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/aftermath. This, however, is the first time that I have immersed myself in her work. It was …

The Vallotton Exhibition, the Royal Academy

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The sub-title of the exhibition,” Painter of Disquiet”, is very apt, as many of Vallotton’s   paintings and prints tell stories of unsettling relationships, and some of brutality and threatening intimacy. His early works, capturing street scenes, call to mind Baudelaire’s concept of the flaneur, the observer of city life. A few of his narrative vignettes are less serious almost amusing. …

Back in London

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MEETING OTHER ARTISTS I had a great day recently investigating different centres of creativity. First I visited the Art Hub in Woolwich which is run by a non-profit Community Interest Company that offers space, services, and facilities to support artists throughout their career. An artist friend, David Helms, has a studio there and I went with his wife, also an …