For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

Thursday, 19 December 2013

London: (5) Tate Britain

To Tate Britain on Millbank . . . The Tate has just reopened its doors again after a two-year refurbishment. The result is simply stunning. There's an Art Deco-inspired circular staircase, an elegant rotunda balcony and a vaulted basement café serving the finest Jing tea


Tate Britain is famous for its collections of Henry MooreConstable, Turner, Blake and the Pre-Raphaelites.


For fun I bought six cards of some of the artworks which had impressed, intrigued and moved me the most. From left to right these pictures are: Henry Moore Pink and Green Sleepers Graphite, ink, gouache and wax on paper; Howard Hodgkin Rain Oil on wood; John Constable A Lane near Flatford Oil on paper laid on canvas; JMW Turner The Burning of the Houses of Parliament Watercolour; William Blake The Blighted Corn Wood engraving on paper; William Blake Newton Colour print, ink and watercolour on paper.

2 comments:

Ruth said...

Great!

I always buy postcards of the works I love at museums and use them for bookmarks. So good to revisit them again and again.

The Solitary Walker said...

Yes, I tend to buy lots of postcards from museums and art galleries too. Pale momentos of the real thing, however (though better than nothing) — after so often seeing reproductions of famous paintings, the colours of the originals really shock and astound you. A completely different experience!