#WorkoftheWeek: James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Nocturne: Blue and Silver – Chelsea 1871, Tate Collection Painted in August 1871, this is the first of Whistler's Nocturnes. In these works Whistler aimed to convey a sense of the beauty and tranquillity of the Thames by night.
#Artwords: The Khartoum School was a modernist art movement formed in Sudan in 1960 that sought to develop a new visual vocabulary to reflect the distinctive identity of the newly independent nation.
As one of the most active contributors to the growth of modern art in Africa, the group was known for its use of primitive and Islamic imagery. One of its distinctive characteristics was the use of calligraphic writing, in which the artists would simplify Arabic script into abstract shapes.
Ibrahim El-Salahi, Reborn Sounds of Childhood Dreams I 1961–5, Tate Collection
★★★★★ ‘Those strange, gangling striders that stalk the realms of our psyche, ranked in rows, stripped to their essence - to some fundamental humanity that has outlasted everything.’ – The Times How would you describe Giacometti's work?
Giacometti working on the plaster sculpture for The Walking Man, 1958. Photograph from the Ernst Schiedegger archive.
This weekend #TateWeather predicts the unpredictable with clouds, rain & sunshine ahead – we have our fingers crossed for a rainbow! John Constable, Hampstead Heath with a Rainbow 1836, Tate Collection
Vanessa Bell was an English artist who was a prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group. Bell often painted flowerpieces and frequently used flowers in her interior decorative work. Stylised flowers are a dominant theme in the dust jackets she designed for books written by her sister, Virginia Woolf.
Bell rejected the brighter colours she’d used before the war, and in the 1920s and 30s painted flowerpieces and still lifes with rich but sombre colour harmonies.
#ArtWords: 'Brücke' was a German expressionist group founded in Dresden in 1905 which developed a radical anti-traditional style, characterised by vivid non-naturalistic colour and emotional tension. Brücke means bridge and may have been intended to convey the idea of a bridge between the artist and society at large. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Bathers at Moritzburg 1909–26, Tate Collection