Thursday, 30 June 2016

Henri Matisse At The Hermitage

There's so much great art at the Hermitage, it's difficult for an artist to stand out. Except for Matisse. Stroll into the handful of rooms that exclusively feature his fine work and be ready to be overwhelmed. The colors, the compositions, the bending of perspective, all of these elements create a hallucinatory effect of pure joie de vivre and absolute beauty. A sampling.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Frans Snyders' Market Paintings At The Hermitage

The Hermitage is so big, if you happen to have a half dozen or so giant genre paintings from 15th century Flanders, sure, there's plenty of room to hang them.

Covering a wall, the work of Frans Snyders is along the bottom.

Details from the various shopping stall paintings, featuring great details of overflowing products and animal mischief.