Thursday, 29 September 2016

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Man Frightened By a Snake

TJ Clark's book on Poussin, The Sight of Death, was referred to in a previous post on NOCM. Here is an extraordinary juxtaposition of images which occurred to me recently- the running figure in the Poussin painting 'Man Killed by a Snake' bears an uncanny resemblance to this Scottish football fan from the infamous pitch invasion at Wembley in 1977:




Painting Portals

Bottom: work-in-progress. Top: a still from Henry Levin's 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' (1959), a movie set that recreates with some accuracy part of the Old Quad at Edinburgh University.



Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Alice Neel in Edinburgh

Girl in Cafe, 1975, on show at Talbot Rice: 'Alice Neel, The Subject and Me',  through to 8th October. Unmissable. See TOP TEN PAINTINGS to right.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

NOCM returning to this site.

NOCM has migrated back to this site.
Further posts to follow.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Where Cimabue Met Giotto

The bridge near Vicchio in Tuscany, where Cimabue discovered the young Giotto drawing in the fields. Also, jars of pigment in the reconstructed house of the artist near the bridge.



Monday, 23 February 2015

TJ Clark on Poussin

Clark's book on Poussin, 'The Sight of Death' published in 2006, is a beautiful and poetic work- simply and deeply about what painters like doing best- simply looking. One of the works considered is Landscape with a Calm, of 1650/51:


and a nice interview conducted by The Brooklyn Rail can be seen here: