Secret Hidden Gem At The National Gallery of Ireland

Last Summers Art Academy artists will know the story of the famous 19th Century french artist Rosa Bonheur. Women were not allowed to be artists . It was not illegal just not socially accepted. Rosa Bonheur did not let this stop her. She retired at the age of 38 having made millions from the sale of her wonderful realism paintings. She bought château outside of Paris and lived there with her girlfriend and many animals including horses, cattle and even her 3 pet lions.

When she was little her mother taught her the alphabet by allowing her to draw an animal for every letter of the alphabet on the walls of their home. She loved animals and this encouraged her when learning to read and write. Should you like to start drawing an animal for each letter of the alphabet, I have popped a few tutorial videos up on YouTube to get you started.

One of her master pieces, a giant oil painting on canvas The Horse Fair sold for the equivalent of 1.35 million euro in todays money. It is over 2 and a half metres wide.

Image Reference: (provided by The Metropolitan Museum of Art).

The painting has a secret. Women were also not allowed to attend the horse fair and it was dangerous for them to do so. Rosa cut her hair up short and disguised herself by wear clothes that would be considered “mens clothing” at that time. This way she could get in to the horse fair and make sketches for her painting.

She even had to apply to the government for a pardon to wear trousers – after getting in trouble a few times – as it was illegal to wear trousers in France at that time if you were a women. Women were required by law to wear the floor length dress and corset you often see in period drama movies.

In a bold move Rosa even painted herself into her great Masterpiece, right in the centre, riding a horse, looking directly out at the viewer dressed in mens clothing.

The Horse Fair is available to view at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City but you need not even travel very far to see a Rosa Bonheur painting in person. Yesterday I attended a International Women’s Day tour of the National Gallery of Ireland. 

During the tour we were lead by our wonderful tour guide to paintings and sculptures made by women. Now I am a big fan of the National Gallery and yet had not noticed an original Rosa Bonheur is hung there.

Image reference: National Gallery of Ireland

I think I don’t recognise it as a Rosa Bonheur in passing because it is a small painting. When I think of a Rosa Bonheur painting I tend to imagine these huge, majestic, highly accomplished, photo realistic , beautifully executed paintings of, usually, animals.

A Stag is relatively small and our tour guide Fela explained that it was painted after her retirement. She continued to paint but as she was financially so well off she didn’t need to try and impress or even paint art with a view to be sold.

She was well established as an artist by then and in 1865 Bonheur became the first woman artist to receive the cross of the Légion d’Honneur. You can see this painting in person next time you are in Dublin at The National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square. 

Some of last Summers artists who completed their own Rosa Bonheur Masterpieces based on her lions paintings

Sighting of a Pride of Lions in Harold’s Cross, Dublin

Phew, it’s just a bunch of 7 and 8 year olds making their block-ins, ahead of creating their Mastercopies of 19th Century realism art.  The painting’s are starting to look so real you would be forgiven for thinking these were real lions. 
The artists are studying the work of world famous artist Rosa Bonheur.  Rosa Bonheur was a french artist and her largest and most famous work can be seen in New York’s wonderful Met Museum. We do however have one of her paintings here in Ireland, a beautiful painting of a stag (the animal not the pre-wedding weekend away):  https://www.theartstory.org/artist-bonheur-rosa-life-and-legacy.htm

Before teaching at Art Academy this morning, I had a lovely morning of yoga with Sarah Shannon Yoga . You’ll see if you scroll down to the end of the post, that now Sarah Shannon Yoga seems to have some competitors who have copied her business model. 😄

They are planning a website for this venture at #Coderdojo

#enterpreneurartists #innovators #artcamp

 
#fineart #painting #arthistory #RosaBonheur #lions #Artcamp #Summercamp2019 www.artacademy.ie

 

 

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Olives, Oysters and Oranges at the Olivier Cornet Gallery

I am lucky enough to have the opportunity this month to exhibit my sketchbook alongside the Dublin Sketchers at the Olivier Cornet Gallery. The current exhibition celebrates Bloomsday and features work from the esteemed artists Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Yanny Petters, Michelle Boyle, Áine Divine, John Keating and Caitríona Ní Threasaigh.

To compliment the exhibition some of the Dublin Sketchers and I have completed sketchbooks along the same theme: “Olives, Oysters and Oranges” aka food references from James Joyces Ulysses.

Gallery proprietor Olivier Cornet who curated the sketchbooks explained he was thinking about how I often love to draw marble sculpture and decided to display the sketchbook up on a plinth. I appreciate the grandeur and elegance of a plinth. My sketchbook sits happily perched on her plinth until June 30th at No. 3 Great Denmark Street. Pop in to enjoy and view the full collection of Joycean sketchbooks and fine art.

 

Reflecting on Reflections in Painting

 

I’m working on this drawing at the moment. It has my reflection in a silver Disney mug, taking a photo of the refection in the mug. So my camera has a wifi setting, I sent the photo to the iPad mini and I use that as a reference while I’m drawing. You possibly can’t make out the reflection of me with the camera yet but you will before it is finished.

Now we all know there is a huge leap between drawing from a picture on your iPad or phone and drawing or painting from real life, in terms of skill. [scroll down-post continues below the image]

When I saw this painting today “Self Portrait, New Studio Kettle” by RHA artist Una Sealy I could really appreciate the challenges she faced executing this work. Here you see her standing at her easel painting the kettle with her portrait reflected in the concave silver body.

It is obvious it is done from life rather than the lesser challenge of working from a 2D image. The artist Una Sealy had to not only transform a 3d form onto a 2d canvas, convey her own reflection distorted by the rounded shape of the kettle and also convince the viewer that this is a silver object without using metallic paint.

You can see this work yourself at the RHA 189th exhibition now open at the Royal Hibernian Gallery until the 10th of August 2019.

From my visit today I think I have chosen my person top 10 favourite artworks. I’m going to pop in again tomorrow to take another look – there are after all 500 pieces to see and then I will post my personal top 10.

 

Botticelli’s Birth of Venus Masterpieces by Week 1 Easter Camp Artists.

Congratulations to Ruth, Sarah, Oisín, Ava, Karl, Olaf, Seán, Lucy, Isobel, Aoileann, Nicola and Róise on completion of their Botticelli Birth of Venus masterpieces today at Art Academy art camp. They have done a wonderful job spending their Easter holidays creating beautiful art, learning new skills and making friends.

The original painting by Botticelli was created over 500 years ago and you can go to visit it in Florence Italy in the Uffizi Galleries. Take a look at their website here.

Some Renaissance art books for children we took at look at this week are: Botticelli by Mike Venezia and Rennaisance published by Usbourne

These can be borrowed from Rathmines Library 

The art sticker book we used was bought from the shop at the gorgeous National Gallery of Ireland.  

Art Academy wishes everyone a very happy Easter. Tomorrow is the final day of camp for the 6-9 yo artists and we are looking forward to art camp for the 9-14 yo next week.

 

#Botticelli #Uffizzigalleries Uffizi Gallery#Gallerieuffizi #Rennaisance #artcamp #ArtAcademy

 

Photo ref: Uffizi galleries website

Photo ref: Uffizi galleries website

Photo ref: Uffizi galleries website

Photo ref: Uffizi galleries website

 

Da Vinci Box: Ireland’s Premier, Fine Art Supplies, Monthly, Subscription box

Da Vinci Box is a project that I am excited to share with you. It’s something that I have been working on for a little over a year now. It will finally be set to launch this Autumn.

It is Ireland’s premier, fine art supplies, monthly, subscription box. Designed to unlock your inner artist and let you create art from the comfort of your own home, no artist’s studio necessary.  Professional art supplies will arrive at your door every month. You just set an hour aside for yourself, put the kettle on and enjoy creating in your own space.

At Da Vinci Box we believe everyone should enjoy making art and that you were created to create. So keep an eye out in the coming weeks for more updates and I will reveal more when I can. There is a place holder website up for the moment, while the grand masterpiece is being finessed, so bear with me. You can like, share and follow on instagram and facebook in the meantime. I can’t wait to unveil it all officially and start to build a creative Da Vinci Box art community together.

 

website:  www.davincibox.ie

Insta: da_vinci_box

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Da-Vinci-Box-1782680642029304/

Art Academy Summer Camp 2018 | Week 2

Congratulations to Laoise, Ryan, Gwen, Evan, James, Zoë, Rose, Emma, and Heidi on completion of their Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer  by Gustav Klimt master copy. The results of their hard work speak for themselves, in the pictures below. Scroll down to the end and check out their process. There is a really cool story behind this painting illustrated well in the film Woman in Gold starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds. Watch the trailer here. You can check it the full length feature on iTunes here. 

 

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt master copies from the Summer camp artists of Art Academy Ireland

 

 

Progress images of the work progress through out the week. And of course Oreo the floof.

Can You Name all 16 Artworks Featured in The Carters Glorious Apeshit Music Video?

Beyonce and Jay Z aka The Carters, take over the french art museum The Louvre for the visuals for their music video Apeshit.

Put your art history knowledge to the test. See how many pieces of art from the video you can name. The answers are under each still, so if you don’t want an early spoiler, take care to scroll slowly. Here we go:

1.

Too easy. We all know this one, by one of my personal favourite artists of all time. Sorry zero points for guessing correctly here. Next.

2.Sculpture of Nike – not the sports shoes; the Greek Goddess of Victory. See if you can spot a miniature statue of Nike on the table in the painting An Angel at my Table by Miriam Escofet. She won this years BP Portrait Prize for her painting. Nike indeed heralded victory here.

3.

The dancers preform in front of The Coronation of Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David. The painting depicts Napoleon crowning his wife Josephine, the first Empress of the french. Is anyone else being crowned in this video? What do you think? Scroll down for number 4.

4.Great Sphinx of Tanis which happens to be todays Artwork of the Day on the The Louvre’s website  for fellow art nerds.

5.

Venus de Milo, one of the most famous works of ancient Greek Sculpture. Sometimes it’s called the Aphrodite of Milos so both answers are correct.

6.Jay Z raps in front of Géricault’s “Raft of The Medusa”

7.

Marie Benoist’s Portrait d’une négresse

8.

A second painting byJacques-Louis David is featured. The Oath of the Horatii, is skewed by the camera angle so double points for naming this one.

9.

French artist Jacques-Louis David features again with, The Intervention of the Sabine Women

10.

Ary Scheffer, The Ghosts of Paolo and Francesca Appear to Dante and Virgil

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13.

If you answered number 6 correctly, you probably also named this second Géricault painting The Charging Chasseur too.

14.

16. Bonus Points for naming this one: because to be perfectly honest , I can’t think of the answer myself.

How did you do? Interesting choices of artwork, aren’t they. What do you think each was chosen to represent? Also what have we missed, comment below,  I’d love to know your thoughts. Enjoy watching the full video here. Buy the album here. 

Photo Credits: Stills from the music video on Youtube.