Barbara Hepworth books and the Bowness collection

One of our department’s significant responsibilities is modern donated collections.  Our blog has chiefly focused on such collections in European languages, but this post looks at one largely in English – the collection of Professor Sir Alan Bowness, former Director of the Tate.  Recent arrivals in the Bowness collection include items from the library of Dame Barbara Hepworth.  These came to us with the aid of Sophie Bowness, the art historian and maternal granddaughter of Dame Barbara.

Hepworth’s signature in Bowness.a.1012

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Gelungene Vorführung Pastell Mischtechniken von Susanne Haun bei boesner in Hannover

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Langsam füllt sich die Vorführung Pastell Mischtechnik bei boesner Hannover, Susanne Haun (c) Foto von M.FankeLangsam füllt sich die Vorführung Pastell Mischtechnik bei boesner Hannover, Susanne Haun (c) Foto von M.Fanke

Letzten Freitag habe ich bei boesner in Hannover die zahlreichen Möglichkeiten von Softpastellen in Kombination mit anderen Materialien vorgestellt.

Für Präsentationen steht bei boesner on Hannover ein kleines “Theater” zur Verfügung. Die Bühne ist liebevoll wie ein Atelier eingerichtet und es wird eine schöne Atmosphäre geschaffen. Um die 50 Besucher*innen haben den Weg zum boesner gefunden. Herzlichen Dank für das Interesse!

Den Selficorner habe ich mit wahrer Freude in Anspruch genommen. 🙂

Am 14.9.2019 werde ich neuerlich in Hannover sein und mit Tusche zeichnen und kolorieren. Genaueres wird später auf meiner Seite Workshops (siehe hier) hier auf dem Blog bekannt gegeben.

Micha hat auch kleine Filme während der Aufführung aufgenommen. Einen zeige ich euch hier:

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South of the Border-

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South of the border down Mexico way lies

Venezuela and revolution or possibly invasion

South of the narrow isthmus

across which the Chinese  and Nicaraguans are digging a new wider,

deeper canal…..for oil.

Down further in Brazil,

the latest fascist dictator

repeats his pedantic boring chants

in favour of free markets requiring

rain forests be despoiled.

Over the border lies trouble

….but build a wall?

Will not do any good at all.

The drugs will still pour in, Mr Trump-

your so called secure society a sorry business

with its own ecological dumps.

Anyway, anyhow that wall would be porous;

the gringos, aid and arms flowing south.

You might build a wall on the border

to keep the Mexicans out

but what do you do to your people

and yourself?

Let in the bright coloured flowers,

Diego’s art, let it grow…

before your population, sing once again

“Sag mir, wo die Blumen sind?”

Gone to soldiers every one?

When will we ever learn?

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Eigentlich wollte ich viel lieber italienisch lernen – Susanne Haun

Ich auch! Kurtzlich lese ich Italienische Gedichte Z.B. Mentale, Leopardi u.s.w. Ich wundere mich als Deutsch Perfekt eine Schwesterzeitschrift die auf Italienische-Deutsch publiziert ist.

Susanne Haun

Sizilien (c) Zeichnung von Susanne HaunSizilien, Aggricento (c) Zeichnung von Susanne Haun

Eigentlich wollte ich viel lieber italienisch lernen, um auf meinen Reisen durch Italien einen besseren Kontakt zur Bevölkerung zu erhalten.

Aufgrund meines Willens zu promovieren, benötige ich jedoch Lateinkenntinisse. Ich bin sehr froh, dass ich eine Sprachschule um die Ecke hier in Berlin Wedding gefunden habe. Dort werde ich im März beginnen, Latein zu lernen. Vorweg habe schon einmal einen Beitrag im Weddingweiser zur Sprachschule geschrieben:

Mit Puntolingua im Wedding italienisch lernen

Fotos geben der Sprachschule Puntolingua italienisches Flair, Foto von Susanne HaunFotos geben der Sprachschule Puntolingua italienisches Flair, Foto von Susanne Haun

In der Lüderitzstraße 11 ist schon seit 2012 die kleine aber feine Sprachschule Puntolingua zu finden. Wer qualifiziert italienisch lernen möchte, ist hier genau richtig. Beim Betreten der Schule ist das italienische Flair spürbar, als anerkannter Prüfungsort können hier CELI.Sprachzertifikate erworben werden. Das Zertifikat gilt derzeit als renommierteste italienische Sprachzertifikat und dient als Eintrittskarte für ein Hochschulstudium in Italien. Potenziellen…

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John Ruskin, Godfather to the Pre-Raphaelites, was born 200 years ago today

I like his Italian sketches, his work in promoting at in Oxford with the Ashmolean and his early socialist beliefs. Thanks for another interesting post.

The Eclectic Light Company

Two hundred years ago today, the major British art critic and writer John Ruskin was born in London. Although Ruskin appears to have painted only in watercolour, and for his own ends, this article takes a look at some of his paintings and his role as a major influence on British painting.

Ruskin was born into an affluent family, and travelled widely in the UK and Europe when still a child. In 1836, he started studies in Classics (‘Greats’) at Christ Church College in Oxford University, but his health was poor and academic achievements limited; he won the Newdigate Prize for poetry in 1839, at his third attempt. In 1842, he was awarded a rare “honorary double fourth-class” degree.

He published his first substantial writing on painting the following year, which was to become the first volume of his highly influential series Modern Painters. This appeared anonymously as the work…

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Painting Reality: 9 Summary and Index

Very interesting and I am thinking of English painters to compare- perhaps the Newlyn School. Maybe the Camden Group. Is there a related naturalism in English Literature, I wonder. It seems Naturalism is often very dark toned. Thanks for this!

The Eclectic Light Company

Over the last year, I have been gradually amassing articles here as I have been studying Naturalist painting in the late nineteenth century. This is the final article in a series of nine which brings together a summary, indexed against the previous eight articles in the series, links to each of the articles about themes in Naturalist painting, an alphabetical list of artists covered in separate articles, and a list of recommended books.

I will try to keep this article updated, so that you can use it as a reference.

Naturalist painting is the visual art sibling of literary Naturalism, typified by the Rougon-Macquart novels of Émile Zola.

1 Emergence (1883)

It emerged gradually from ‘social realist’ painting, particularly that of rural deprivation, notably the work of Jean-François Millet, during the 1860s and 70s.

bastienlepagelovevillage Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848–1884), Love in the Village (1882), oil on canvas, 194 × 180 cm, Pushkin…

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The Jasmine at Night by the Italian Poet, Giovanni Pascoli

  E s’aprono i fiori notturni
nell’ora che penso a’ miei cari.
Sono apparse in mezzo ai viburni
le farfalle crepuscolari.
Da un pezzo si tacquero i gridi:
là sola una casa bisbiglia.
Sotto l’ali dormono i nidi,
come gli occhi sotto le ciglia.
Dai calici aperti si esala
l’odore di fragole rosse.
Splende un lume là nella sala.
Nasce l’erba sopra le fosse.
Un’ape tardiva sussurra
trovando già prese le celle.
La Chioccetta per l’aia azzurra
va col suo pigolio di stelle.
Per tutta la notte s’esala
l’odore che passa col vento.
Passa il lume su per la scala;
brilla al primo piano: s’è spento…
È l’alba: si chiudono i petali
un poco gualciti; si cova,
dentro l’urna molle e segreta,
non so che felicità nuova.

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The nocturnal jasmine is a poem by Giovanni Pascoli dedicated to the wedding of a friend of his, and published in 1903 in the Cantos of Castelvecchio .

Giovanni Pascoli ( San Mauro di Romagna , 31 December 1855 – Bologna , 6 April 1912 ) was a poet , academic and literary critic of Italy , an emblematic figure of Italian literature of the late nineteenth century . Despite his eminently positivistic training , he is together with Gabriele D’Annunzio, the greatest Italian decadent poet .

Here is a possible literal translation:-

And the night jasmines open their corolla
in the time of day when I think of my dear departed. Twilight butterflies
have appeared
among the viburnum.
For some time now the cries of the birds have ceased:
only there, in a house, can they hear the whispering of human voices.
The little birds are sleeping under the protective wings,
as the eyes rest under the lashes.
From the open corolla of jasmine comes
a scent like red strawberries.
In the living room you can still see a light on,
the grass rises above the tombs of the dead.
A late bee wanders around buzzing
because all the cells are already occupied.
The constellation of the Pleiades is wandering
through the threshing floor, rendered blue by the night sky, with a chirp of stars.
For the duration of the night
the scent of the nocturnal jasmine fills the air, carried by the wind.
The light in the house moves up the stairs,
then goes into the nuptial chamber on the first floor, then goes off …
The dawn arrives: the petals of the flower close
a little withered, but inside the ovary soft and hidden
in depth, grows a feeling of happiness
never felt before.

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