Lichtenstein and Manet…

…all in one day to walk off the most delicious lunch at St John Restaurant. Talk about culture overload!

Let’s start with Lichtenstein. He was not one trick pony! I have always admired his comic strip like style but I was amazed at the range at the Retrospective at Tate Modern. I am not going to lie, it didn’t all appeal to me but I was impressed with some of his creations. Obviously, I loved all the romance and war based comic strip paintings he is most famous for but I was also in awe of his interpretations of other famous pieces. His portrait of George Washington had an ‘awwww’ effect on me while I couldn’t get enough of his reworking of Picasso’s “Femme d’Alger”.

The verdict? Definitely worth a visit. It’s the exhibition you wouldn’t want to miss.

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Next up was Manet at the Royal Academy of Arts. I knew before I headed out that this exhibition was getting lukewarm reviews as some critics felt that more of his prominent pieces should be displayed and his relationship with his sitters could be explored further.

My impressions? I quite enjoyed getting to know the way he experimented with the trends of his time. My favourite room is the one where two different techniques are lined up against each other on each side of the room. I could spend a few good hours studying how different a painter he was when pursuing classical styles as opposed to when dabbling in what was to become later referred to as Impressionism.

The exhibition is definitely worth a visit as long as you are not expecting to see a collection of all his best pieces.

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Banksy drama continues…

This is turning out to be a whole load of excitement! Yesterday there was no rat and today we have a rat.

Is it the true Banksy or someone’s excellent copy of Banksy’s rat? Who knows? The key thing is that clearly there is clear disquiet about what’s happened.

The owners of the wall clearly thinks it’s the real deal as they had the rat covered in plexiglass already! How soon will they put this rat up for sale in the US?

Day 53 of 2013 on the streets.

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Love and Hate

that’s what the gent had tattooed on his knuckles.

Day 50 of 2013 on the streets.

After cycling to Nepalese embassy to apply for a visa for my trip next month, I took a moment to chill out in the Kensington Gardens. This is when I spotted this gent. He was sitting there waving at and talking to the birds. I snapped a photo of him from the side and then thought I might as well ask him if I could take a portrait of him. I hadn’t done that in such a long time. He was more than happy to oblige.

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