Saturday, 29 December 2012

My Friends Photographs

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I have friends who are really into photography.  Whilst the subjects of their photos vary the results are still the same, beautiful photographs.  They are all Members of Flickr Pro and thought it would be an excellent idea to share them with you.


For more photos please view Carine06's Photostream here


For more photos please view Debsonthesofa's Photostream here


For more photos please view GreenerGreen's Photostream here

Sunday, 2 December 2012

The Wordsworth Library Collection

A few months back I decided it was time that I read some "classic" novels.  In the same way I have always known who Monet & Renoir are etc, I know the names of Sherlock Holmes and Jane Austin etc but never read their work.

That has now changed, thanks to The Wordsworth Library Collection available on Amazon

I currently have 3 of their books:

Sherlock Holmes
Jane Austen
Hans Christian Anderson

I plan to buy a few more from this collection as they really are beautiful books with lovely illustrations.  The price is also hard to beat for a book of this quality.  The only author not available that I would have liked is Charles Dickens but it is impossible for all his works to be contained in a book of this size.  I have however found the complete works here  As with the Wordsworth Library Collection the price cannot be beat and the books look lovely.  This collection is on my "to buy" list.

I hope you find something good to read. 

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Rotterdam Art Theft

The art world suffered a blow today when thieves broke into Rotterdam's Kunsthal and stole priceless works of art from artists including Monet, Matisse and Picasso.

The works stolen have been named as:

Pablo Picasso - Tete d'Arlequin
Henri Matisse - La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune
Claude Monet - Waterloo Bridge, London
Claude Monet - Charing Cross Bridge, London
Paul Gauguin - Femme devant une fenetre ouverte, de Haan's Autoportrait
Freud - Woman with Eyes Closed

Police believe the thieves may have been planned the early morning raid for months and used the Port as the means of escape.  The design of the gallery may have help with the theft, with one security expert calling it "a nightmare to protect"

The value of the 7 paintings has not been released but experts believe the figure to be in the tens of millions.  Will the paintings ever be seen in public?  Hopefully so.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

National Museum of Art - Cardiff

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The second day of my trip to Cardiff was spent at the National Museum of Art housed within the National Musuem.  The gallery is split into 3 main parts, Contemporary, Impressionists & Modern and Historic Art.  I actually found a few pieces in the Contemporary section that I liked, which is rather surprising.

You are allowed to take photos and I have permission to publish images here.  All Copyright and permission belongs to Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.  Please do not reproduce without permission.

Rene Magritte - The Empty Mask 

Maurice de Vlaminck - Village Street

Maurice de Vlaminck - The Bridge


Terry Setch - Midnight Columns II

Jeffrey Steele - Harlequinade

James Dickson Innes - Canigou in Snow

 Robert Bevan - Maples at Cuckfield, Sussex

Paul Cezanne - Still Life with Teapot

Harold Gilman - The Kitchen

Spencer Gore - Mornington Crescent

Gwen John - A Corner of the Artist's Room in Paris

Pierre Auguste Renoir - La Parisienne

Edouard Manet - Argenteuil, Boat (study)

Alfred Sisley - Moret-sur-Loing Rue des Fosses

Camille Pissarro - Pont Neuf, Snow Effect

Pierre Bonnard - Sunlight at Vernon

Jean-Louis Ernest Meissonier - Innocents and Card Sharpers

Gustave Courbet - The Mill at Orbe

David Cox - The Road to The Mill

John Constable - Cottage in a Cornfield

Edwin Landseer - Rat Catchers