National Museum Cardiff

Esta semana, fuimos a Cardiff a visitar a mi cuñado (más bien, hermano mayor) y a disfrutar un poco de esta ciudad galesa. También fuimos de relámpago a Bristol, pero de eso hablaré después.

El último día, pasamos la mañana en el National Museum Cardiff, el museo nacional de arte e historia. Sólo alcanzamos a ver la sección de arte impresionista y moderno. Contiene material de Renoir, Van Gogh, Rodin, Hepworth y otros grandes del arte moderno dentro y fuera de Gran Bretaña. Aquí les presento unas cuantas obras, en el mismo orden en que las subí a Instagram y Tumblr.

Edith Downing,
Edith Downing, “Music”, ca. 1930

Edith Downing era sufragista. Fue encarcelada y alimentada a la fuerza por unirse a la lucha a favor del voto femenino. Ella misma donó esta escultura de una mujer leyendo una partitura.

Alfred Bertram Pegram,
Alfred Bertram Pegram, “Amitié”, 1911

“Amitié” significa “amistad” en francés. ¿Amigos con derechos?

Laura Knight,
Laura Knight, “The Cornish Coast”, 1914-17

Íntimo y fascinante. Todavía usaríamos esas ropas.

William Hogarth,
William Hogarth, “A Children’s Tea Party”, ca. 1730

Hogarth es uno de mis artistas británicos favoritos. Solía pintar retratos conversacionales de riquillos decadentes e historias sobre la alza y la caída de quienes persiguen sus sueños. Se supone que estos son niños, pero más bien parecen monstruos. Parecen creaturas del bosque listas para devorar sus almas.

L S Lowry,
L.S. Lowry, “Six Bells, Abertillery, South Wales”, 1962

Lowry era del norte y gran parte de su obra representa su región de origen, pero esta pintura del sur de Gales durante el baby boom de la postguerra hablaba de industria y prosperidad. Por suerte, el autor no alcanzó a vivir lo suficiente para ver cómo Thatcher lo mandó todo a la ruina.

Augustus John,
Augustus John, “Pyramus John”, ca 1914

Augustus y Gwen John eran hermanos pintores. Este hijo de Augustus se llamaba Pyramus… y ustedes que dicen que North West es un nombre chistoso.

Si el destino los lleva a Cardiff, por favor, visiten este museo.

Cynthia Escribe esta semana:

  • Nada, porque estuve de vacaciones.

This week, we went to Cardiff to visit my brother-in-law (more like my brother, my older brother) and to enjoy a bit of this Welsh city. We also made a flash visit to Bristol, but I will talk about that later.

The last day, we spent the morning at the National Museum Cardiff, the national museum of art and history in Wales. We only had a chance to see the Impressionist and Modern Art section. It contains material by Renoir, Van Gogh, Rodin, Hepworth and other great modern artists in and out of Britain. Here I’ll show you a few works, in the same order I used to upload them to Instagram and Tumblr.

Edith Downing,
Edith Downing, “Music”, ca. 1930

Edith Downing was a suffragette. She was imprisoned and force-fed for joining the fight for women’s right to vote. She donated this sculpture of a woman reading sheet music.

Alfred Bertram Pegram,
Alfred Bertram Pegram, “Amitié”, 1911

“Amitié” means “friendship” in French. Friends with benefits?

Laura Knight,
Laura Knight, “The Cornish Coast”, 1914-17

Intimate and fascinating. We would still wear those clothes.

William Hogarth,
William Hogarth, “A Children’s Tea Party”, ca. 1730

Hogarth is one of my favourite British artists. He used to paint conversational portraits of decadent toffs and stories about the rise and fall of those who follow their dreams. These are meant to be children, but they’re more like monsters. They look like creatures from the forest ready to eat your souls.

L S Lowry,
L.S. Lowry, “Six Bells, Abertillery, South Wales”, 1962

Lowry was from the North and most of his work represents his region of birth, but this painting from South Wales during the postwar baby boom talked about industry and prosperity. Fortunately, the author didn’t get to live long enough to see how Thatcher ruined it all.

Augustus John,
Augustus John, “Pyramus John”, ca 1914

Augustus and Gwen John were siblings and painters. This kid was Augustus’ son and his name was Pyramus… and you say that North West is a funny name.

If destiny takes you to Cardiff, please, visit this museum.

Cynthia writes this week:

  • Nothing, because I was on holidays.

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