Updated: Nov 4, 2018
Since September 2017 I have had the great pleasure of studying at the London Fine Arts Studio. I've always wanted to learn to oil paint and luckily had found an Atelier that could teach me to do just that. Before attending school, I had solely been self-taught as an artist, which was good and bad in many ways. I had no foundation to build off from in school, however, relearning from a totally clean slate has worked out to be ideal. I wasn't trying to fight the method no matter how frustrating the learning curb was. Eventually, a few terms in things started to click into place, lessons made more sense, and I worked hard to try and understand, read and paint outside of school hours.
One of the things on my bucket list was to visit the Louvre in Paris. Armed with this dream and the huge encouragement of friends I applied for a scholarship with my school. It is the De Laszlo Scholarship which is a program that helps young artists support their education, build confidence and help successfully transition into the professional art realm.
To my surprise, I was awarded the scholarship, and suddenly the prospect of going to Paris just to visit all the galleries was now a real possibility. Over half-term, I took advantage of this opportunity and spent 2 and a half days in Paris. I planned out my days meticulously making sure I would be able to fit in as much as I could within the amount of time I had. My adventure went as follows.
The architecture in the museum was absolutely stunning, it's the perfect mix of modern and decadent. Even though I had booked entry tickets as soon as I arrived in Paris, I still spent about an hour in line waiting to get in. It was worth the wait as there was a Picasso exhibition on, Bleu et Rose.
According to the Musee d'Orsay, this is exhibition showcases Pablo Picasso’s blue and rose periods. It is the first large-scale collaboration between their two museums. It features masterpieces and proposes a new interpretation on the years 1900-1906, a critical period in the artist’s career which to date has not been covered in its entirety by a French museum.
Here, are some of the images I took there. It's tough to share what I experienced without going a little OTT so please stick with me and this inevitably long post.
Bleu Et Rose - Pablo Picasso
Bleu et rose was a great opportunity to see Picasso's work before his stye emerged into cubism. Having learnt that he was originally classically trained I was excited to finally see his earlier work and was definitely not disappointed. The two portraits below were some of my favorites from the collection.
To be continued...