Paint It Black

It turns out Picasso wasn’t the only heavy-weight painter whose work took a dour turn when personal anguish presented itself. In fact, one of his first great (platonic) muses did too — Paul Cézanne. Yet to understand what made Paul sad for a spell requires rewinding a ways. Cézanne was born in 1839 in southern France, Aix-en-Provence…

The Critic as Artist

Saturday 7 October 2017 1.00pm to 8.00pm The Critic as Artist is an exhibition at Reading Museum about and for the Irish writer and dramatist Oscar Wilde, who had been a visitor to Reading prior to his imprisonment at Reading Gaol, and whose ideas and legend remain startlingly contemporary. Appropriately, the museum in Reading is…

Wonderland Calling

On July 26, 1951, Walt Disney’s thirteenth animated film, Alice in Wonderland, made its cinematic debut in London. Executed in kaleidoscopic Technicolor, the more-than-memorable film continues to haunt the dreams of children and leave stoners utterly dumbfounded today. The queer, dark yet lovely storyline was adapted from a very fictional nineteenth-century work by English poet and mathematician…

Fortune's Fool?

  Poor Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Not literally— the storied French painter and lithographer of the nineteenth century was born a dot on a line of formidable counts stretching back, uninterrupted, to Charlemagne. But a silver spoon hardly ever glanced his fleshy lips; his origins in ancestral chateaux were the opening of a condemned circle which…