★ ‘Madame Bergeret’ by Francois Boucher

★ I have something of a passion for the French Ancien Regime, so I find this beautiful portrait of ‘Madame Bergeret’ by Francois Boucher (possibly 1766) to be absolutely delightful. Boucher is one of the quintessential Rococo painters, with his work perfectly encapsulating… Read More

★ ‘Portrait of a Lady as Flora’ by Nattier

★ One of the things I love about art is that no matter how many paintings I see or artists I research, there never ceases to be another beautiful discovery just around the corner. And here’s another. Currently in the Museum of John Paul II Collection at the Porczyński Gallery in… Read More

★ Neubourg-Cromière Portraits by Roslin

★ I absolutely love these gorgeous companion portraits of French aristocrats, the Baron and Baroness de Neubourg-Cromière. They were created in 1756 by noted Swedish artist Alexander Roslin, whose skillful representation… Read More

★ Maternal Bond – Mother and Child in Art

★ It’s Mother’s Day here in the UK – that day when we take the time to say ‘thank you’ for all the kissed-better cuts and scrapes, laundered clothes, home-cooked meals, and ever-loving shoulder to cry on. There’s an old saying that… Read More

★ ‘The Exile’ by T.C. Gotch (1930)

★ I absolutely love this stunning painting from 1930, entitled ‘The Exile’, by Thomas Cooper Gotch. The colours are so vivid, and such an unusual combination – crimson, French pink and gold – it really is incredibly striking. The gold in particular does a lot for this colour palette… Read More

★ ‘The Artist in His Studio’ by Whistler

★ Just stumbled across this gorgeous painting by James McNeill Whistler, dating from 1865/66 and entitled ‘The Artist in His Studio’ (that’s right, it’s a self portrait and the guy on the right is Whistler himself!). Aside from how wonderfully impressionistic this painting is, I absolutely… Read More

★ The Romance of the Pre-Raphaelites

★ I’ve been looking at a lot of art by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood lately, and I’ve found the rich yet subtle colours, opulent fabrics, elaborate details, and their sheer beauty a real source of inspiration. I’m something (ok, a lot) of a history geek, so I’ve always been interested… Read More