Dadaism & Surrealism: An Introduction

Dada (1916-1924) and Surrealism (1924-1966) stand as two movements from markedly different time periods and cultural contexts. Both of these span artistic, literary and intellectual activity of the early 20th century, involving circles of writers, poets and visual artists who feed into a larger group output. Dada launched in 1916 in Zurich as a direct … Continue reading Dadaism & Surrealism: An Introduction

The Impressionists – Capturing 19th Century Paris By Day and By Night

The work commissioned by Napoléon III formed the basis of modernity under an extensive series of ‘Second Empire reforms’ during the years 1853-18701. Chief Urban Planner, Baron Hausmann’s planned redevelopment of Paris (quite literally) opened the avenues expected of a modern metropolis: sprawling boulevards, public spaces and monuments invited polite society to engage in leisure … Continue reading The Impressionists – Capturing 19th Century Paris By Day and By Night

Worlds Within Worlds Part 1: Mid-17th Century Amsterdam

Let’s open the doors to the mid-17th century, when the cultural and artistic world of the Dutch centered in on Amsterdam and a man’s home, was truly his palace... 'View of the palace and gardens of Versailles, seen from the avenue de Paris in. Versailles circa 1668', by Pierre Patel. Contextually, the Dutch put little … Continue reading Worlds Within Worlds Part 1: Mid-17th Century Amsterdam