28 January 2013: dear London, on working in the studio … day 19

Monday: Royal Academy in the morning. Manet, even without Olympia, Dejeuner and the Bar at the Folies-Bergere, made it really obvious that painting people is the business to be in. Having always been aware of the possible compromises that portrait painting can impose on oil paint (at least for me) I now see again that Degas and Manet provide a haven from which to explore the fine line …
I particularly liked his picture of Emile Zola, which includes a black and white photograph of his own ‘Olympia’, which I suppose was in the exhibition in a way.

Next stop, The Courtauld (free entry from 10 to 2 pm ?!) and a drawing from Degas’ sculpture, by way of an oblique life class …

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I listened to a 15 minute talk by a Courtauld Institute MA student in front of Seurat’s picture of his mistress powdering her nose – very informative and I had forgotten that he died aged only 31.

I took some more ‘local colour’ shots (see 26 January blog for Brick Lane originals) in the Courtauld, and one or two at my next stop, another productive afternoon looking at Auerbachs. I am particularly taken with the Cezanne line daring in paint round the white statuette and am also sharing the examples of great painting I think I need to see in the studio:

Then the weekly pilgrimage to the Academy Life Studio, which I found really hard this week. The combination of knowing that I need something to paint from and looking so recently at Degas and Auerbach in such detail is beginning to tell:

drawing from Auerbach

drawing from Auerbach

here’s a sample anyway:

RA Life Class 28 January

RA Life Class 28 January

RA Life Class 28 January

RA Life Class 28 January

RA Life Class 28 January

RA Life Class 28 January

back to the studio tomorrow to paint …

 

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