Bob’s Art Blog
I don’t know whether any body has seen some of the write ups in the local press about the Firstsites exhibitions this past week.
Well, I visited there today and was quite struck on the Carla Zaccagnini exhibition Elements of Beauty, first impressions may look just like black frames painted on walls but I found this to be a fascinating exhibition that encompasses the history of the Suffragette movement and how they destroyed numerous amounts of important Art works mainly to bring publicty to their cause, (Rights for Women).
This exhibition isn’t just about black frames painted on walls, you have to actively & mentally involve yourself in all aspects of the exhibition, listening to a commentary on an audio/listening type gadget, reading the explanation manual which has photos of the paintings that were slashed and vandalised, it shows press cuttings from the time and contains lots of interesting info and facts which supports this wonderful exhibition about the history of The Suffragettes.
The black frames on the wall & their corresponding numbers represent each individual painting that the suffragettes vandalised, a free information sheet along with the audio/listening gadget provide the relevant info to grasp this fascinating exhibition and along with the imagination of your mind it brings alive the moments of destruction that these amazing ladies wrought on important pieces of Art and the suffering of these ladies at that time.
PLEASE DONT WRITE THIS EXHIBITION OFF as another Firstsite misconception of the Art we all would like to see, it is a great exhibition and if you take time to sit and absorb the atmosphere of the room, take time to listen to the audio system, take time to read the explanation manual and the free info sheet, imagine the paintings on the wall. I think then you may well enjoy this particular exhibition, recommended time to do this will be approx. 1hr. Minimum.
I think this is one of the best art history and social history exhibitions staged by Firstsite and top marks and thanks to Carla Zaccagnini for presenting it in an understandable and interesting format. Also commendations to the helpful and pleasant staff on duty, I will certainly visit again.
BARBARA GUDRUN SIBBONS
Barbara (Gudrun) Sibbons was born in Annaberg, Silesia, Germany. After leaving school her art studies took her to Berlin, Breslau and Hamburg. Her art training was interrupted by the start of the war during which time she served as a nurse.
Two years after the war she found employment in Hamburg as a doctor’s secretary. It was in Hamburg that she met Bill Sibbons, totally by chance, on two different occasions. In 1949 they came to London and were married.
At first she worked as a laboratory assistant and painted as a hobby with her husband who was a recognised professional portrait painter. It was not long until she started to sell her painting making her debut by exhibiting on Sundays at Hyde Park railings. Some of her well known early clients included David Niven and Erroll Flynn, helping to make her an instant success.
Gudrun Sibbons has always painted landscapes, working in oils, in a distinctive continental style having been influenced by the Dutch Masters. A typical Gudrun Sibbons scene may contain a marine, coastal or river setting, often with fishing overtones and Dutch backgrounds, sailing boats and colourful figures. Other times it may be a pastoral farming background with haystacks, horses and dogs. Gudrun Sibbons’ work is full of drama with powerful skies and breathtaking light reminiscent of Turner and can have a powerful emotional, even spiritual impact. It is not surprising that it is widely sought after and features in numerous collections around the world.
GEORGE EDWARDS HERING
Born in London, he was a younger son of a German father who was a bookbinder. At an early age he lost his father. He was a clerk in a bank, but took up art as his profession.
In 1829 Hering studied in the art school at Munich, and Lord Erskine[disambiguation needed] sent him with letters of introduction to Venice. After about two years there, he travelled in Italy, and round the Adriatic to Constantinople and Smyrna. On his return to Rome he metJohn Paget, and with Paget and a Mr. Sanford went on a tour through Hungary and Transylvania among the Carpathian mountains.
Hering settled in London, where he practised as a landscape-painter for the rest of his life, paying occasional visits to Italy. He died in London in 1879. His wife was also an artist, and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1853 and 1858.
THOMAS HERBERT VICTOR
Born in Penzance, Victor was a prolific watercolour painter of West Country views, in particular harbours and street scenes. Many of his small studies feature Mousehole and Clovelly and are sometimes signed with his pseudonym, W Sands. Victor had a shop in Mousehole during the 1960s. He died in 1980 aged 85 years of age.