History of Art from the Girls’ perspectives…
More Waterlilies… by Mim, Year 12…
Year 12 and 13 enjoyed a day at The Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly earlier this month at the ‘Monet to Matisse’ exhibition. Mrs Hunt was on hand to direct our attention to key pieces and to answer all our questions. The exhibition focused on the garden as subject matter for these late nineteenth century masters. Most of us were already familiar with Monet’s misty waterlilies but we found some new favourites in the vivid colours and striking compositions of artists like Sorolla and Vuillard. The exhibition itself took some time to take in, made up of room after room of canvases. Studying Art History at More House is enhanced by the school’s central location, offering us regular opportunities to see work at first hand that many would only experience via reproductions. A great day spent together.
Where is Liberty? by Elinor – Year 13
On Thursday, we went to see ‘Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art’ exhibition at The National Gallery.
The exhibition was curated in such a way as to demonstrate the influence Delacroix had on both his contemporaries, and on the generations (particularly of French) artists who followed him. As a learning exercise that linked to our ALevel studies, this was invaluable.
In his choice of subject matter; style and his use of colour, Delacroix influenced artists such as Cezanne and Van Gogh, Gauguin and Kandinsky. Their works were on display, juxtaposed with those of Delacroix, to show the extent of his influence. It was interesting to see how many of his works display elements of modernity, and he is considered by some to be the first Modern.
Sadly, the selection of Delacroix’s works did not include his greatest pieces – Liberty Leading the People (1830) was noticably absent, and the Death of Sardanapalus (1827) was a smaller copy of the original. There was, however, an interesting selection of Delacroix’s pieces from North Africa in 1832.
Tate with Year 8 – Judy, Raya , Maia, Josie, Phoebe & Cecily – Year 8
On Wednesday 10th February, year 8 visited the Tate Modern. We arrived at school and went to our normal lesson for period one and then we collected our lunches and paired up into partners for the trip. There were also groups to keep everyone together. Ms Hunt had one group, Ms Devine had another and Ms Rigby had one too. Our teachers got us sorted out, then we set off.
When we entered the Tate, to our left was an intriguing gift shop and little boxes full of tiny plants. This was an installation by Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas called Empty Lot. ‘It will focus on change, hope and nature within the city… The hope is, that with regular watering, seeds and organisms within the soil will sprout, creating plants, weeds, flowers and mushrooms from just bare soil.’
He had collected every type of soil from London and planted this out in over 200 boxes. His exhibition was interesting due to his original and unique idea.
We later were given a set of instructions from our teachers. Then we went off in groups around the 4 displays on show at Tate Modern.
We have been studying Appropriation in History of Art and Picasso in Art lessons, so were pleased to see paintings such as Pablo Picasso’s “Weeping Woman”. The texture and visible brush strokes gave a realistic effect to the painting.
We were told to choose a certain image to research. Some of us chose compositions from Piet Mondrian or a piece form Ngwenya. We also chose appropriations for example Pablo Picasso’s “Bottle of Veux Marc” and Juan Gris’s “the Sunblind”.
At the end of visiting the 4 display areas, we went to the café and had our lunch and went back to school just in time for music rehearsals.
We learnt a lot about art and how it doesn’t need to be a painting or a sculpture. It can be anything. For example in Media Network, there was a room for only one purpose, potatoes. These potatoes were made out of hay, wool, stuffing and wood. They represented the kind of food poor people had to eat in the past and that was truly a work of art.
Thank you teachers for allowing us to enjoy our time and giving an important learning experience.