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My watercolours of a glimpse of American Impressionism with a bit of Monet 🙂

Upstairs in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art there was this exhibition. And I really had no idea of what to expect, but I love impressionism so I was running there! And what a lovely surprise, as I entered room after room it was packed with beautiful paintings – and there were even a few Monets!!! Yess! Of course then I remembered when we were in Giverny over a year ago there was quite a lot of mention of American artists visiting Monet there in his village. So, they were influenced by him&his paintings and even painted with him and this exhibition was a great view of how artistic movements can spread. One of my favourites of Monet in the show is “Poplars on the River Epte”. Ah, Monet’s paintings are always wonderful. I have been wondering why I love his paintings so much and I think it is; colours. His choice of colours are the best (along with Vincent&Matisse of course 🙂 ). There is real real skill in that, he creates pictures that are beautiful and moving- in a rare, ususally calming&harmonious, way. There is something satisfying about his paintings, they are always a pleasure and joy for me to see.  There were also a few Berthe Morisot paintings and I also really like her work. Her “Woman and Child in Garden” is wonderful because it is delightful quick-looking brush strokes with a warm feeling. Mary Cassatt is also great! I really like that in her “Summertime”  the water is all kinds of colours and shades, including purple and orange.

Also what sticks in my mind is John Leslie Breck’s “Studies of an Autumn Day”. There were 12 (i think 12) paintings with the same haystacks but painted at different times of the day- it was really interesting how the subject stayed the same, but because of the changes in light and weather they looked completely different….Well, there you go, timing is everything! 🙂 Impressionism ❤ 

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There we are. My precious. My watercolours of a Picasso left and a Derain right.

I was looking for this gallery and so by chance I ended up in Modern TWO, the name should have been a clue there but I thought there was only one modern (apparently there’s TWO separate buildings…well, saving some for next time), but i think it was destiny because I LOVED it. Everything inside there was a definite thumbs up. There was the permanent collection with Picassos downstairs and the exhibition: “American Impressionism: A New Vision” upstairs. The permanent was free and photography friendly whilst the exhibition had a small fee and no photography allowed. I have never seen Picasso’s “Portrait of Lee Miller” before and it was enchanting! Colourful and charming! There were also beautiful pieces by Edouard Vuillard, Andre Derain and Henri Matisse. Matisse’s “The Painting Session” I have seen online before, but didn’t know it would be there, so it was a wonderful surprise. I love the composition of it and somehow it looks so easy breezy great. Derain’s “Collioure” is fantastic! The colours are super intense and I love the “blotchy” technique. Yes!! Vuillard has a few paintings there, but I think my favourite one of them there is “The Candlestick” or “Two Seamstresses in the Workroom”. The candlestick is quite a long painting and quite empty looking in one way, but very eye pleasing at the same time and in the seamstress painting I really like the different textiles/surfaces there, and as if it is only one little piece of a puzzle. I took lots of photographs there and realized Miro is growing on me. 

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My little watercolours of my favourite pieces 🙂

I adore Scotland ❤ We went to Edinburgh so one of the places I really wanted to go to was the Scottish National Gallery. It was quite a large space and filled with a huge variety of work, entry was free and photography allowed! Hurray! My absolute favourite room was (of course) the impressionist room at the top where there were a few Vincent van Goghs, a Monet, some Gauguins, a Cezanne etc. A beautiful room with walls painted an intense royal blue. It had an absolutely lovely painting by Vincent called “Olive Trees 1889”. I will never ever ever ever get enough of Vincent van Gogh. What I love are the visible brush strokes that create such movement and energy, and the bright colours. It is captivating for me and there is a sense of real freedom there. Burst of the moment! In the same room there was a Paul Cezanne “The Big Trees” and I really like how the colours are almost like a palette there, each in a different designated area. The frames of the paintings were AMAZING too!! Love the vintage intricate robust frames that give an extra air of oomph to the paintings inside.