Have been watching #TheCrown
lately. (Dragged my mom to watch it too. She loves it. 😁😁)
It's really nice to put real faces to the people in the story. (P.S. mom's a #Churchill
fan girl because of Darkest Hour, which I didn't watch... So naturally she's thrilled to see Churhill's portrait)
2 Portrait of #VirginiaWoolf
(1882-1941) by Vanessa Bell (1879-1961) in 1912
Learned that Woolf took her own life in 1941 😭😭
3 unfortunately this burry pic is the only one I got for this painting....but I'm so fascinated by the story!
First of all, she's a woman! dressed in man's clothing. Her name is Marguerite Radclyffe-Hall, a poet and novelist, however, she went by the name John. Her most famous work, a semi-autobiographical novel - The Well of Loneliness (1928), became instantly popular for her frank delineation of the central lesbian relationship. But it was banned soon after, despite protests from Virginia Woolf and other writers, and was not reprinted in Britain until 1948. She lead an openly lesibian life at a time when male homosexuality was illegal.
Whoa!👏👍 Eye opening and inspiring brave woman! 😏
1880-1943 by Charles Buchel (1870-1950) in 1918
4 another interesting portrait, 1919, by #AugustusJohn
Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938) was a society hostess who hosted gatherings that attracted artists, writers of that time. Although enjoyed by herself, the painting was harshly criticized when it was first exhibited. "... grotesque travesty of aristocratic, almost imbecile hauteur.." - The Star
Wooo harsh! That's not nice....
Meanwhile press like Manchester Guardian commented, "...an ideal portrait ... in the way that it makes life more exciting and fantastic and unlikely."
7 #AnnaZinkeisen #selfportrait
After the 2 trips to #nationalportraitgallery
, I find #portrait
tend to shed more light on the sitter than the artist 😐 and is more about the personal story of the sitter or/and the story of the #painting
than just a painting of a person.
#🇬🇧 #museums #culture #travel #art #history