With just a few weeks left to catch them, don’t miss out on these art exhibitions:
Rembrandt: The Late Works, is an exhibition which captures the simple beauty, raw emotion, and often painful truth of the human condition. As you move from room-to-room, through famous masterpieces, rare drawings and prints, each artwork tells its own story, full of intense feeling.
It’s perhaps no surprise these paintings were born from a time of emotional upheaval for Rembrandt. Having lost his wife and three of their children as a younger man, Rembrandt went on to suffer bankruptcy, the loss of his common-law wife, Hendrickje, in 1663 and then the loss of his one remaining son, Titus, in 1668.
The self-portrait, which hangs in the first room themed ‘Self-Scrutiny’, painted in 1669, the year of Rembrandt’s death, is a painfully honest depiction of an aged man, bleary eyed and contemplative. The exhibition continues in this fashion, exploring themes such as Rembrandt’s experimental techniques, his observations of everyday life and his moments of deepest privacy. Don’t miss out – ends 18th January at the National Gallery.
Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude, is an unparalleled exhibition of the Viennese artist’s radical drawings. Small but perfectly formed, two rooms are dedicated to a few key years in the artist’s tragically short life when he produced some of the most evocative depictions of the human form ever created. While some works might make for uncomfortable viewing in their frankness, Schiele makes us look at the human body in a new way. Often using himself as the model, drawing from life and never correcting mistakes, the drawings are brutally honest and quite revolutionary, even by today’s standards. Not to be missed – ends 18th January at the Courtauld Gallery. Also, it’s your last chance to buy prints from the exhibition – exclusively available from us until the show closes.
Giovanni Battista Moroni at the Royal Academy may be a small exhibition about a relatively unknown Italian artist but it certainly packs a punch. Exquisitely detailed, opulent in colour and incredibly lifelike, Moroni’s beautiful portraits are a stunning window into 16th century Italian society, portraying characters from the middle classes to the upper echelons of society. One of the highlights is unquestionably ‘The Tailor’ for not only Moroni’s naturalistic portrayal of the sitter, but also for the subject’s nonchalant expression. Exhibition ends 25th January and while you’re there, pop into the Allen Jones show which also closes that day too.