Abstract Canvas Prints : Cézanne

It hadn’t been easy. Rejection by the establishment was an expensive business, and, for those who like Monet were not blessed with a private income, close to ruinous. ‘Why won’t you show with us?’ asked Monet. ‘My fight is with the Academy, my battleground their Salon,’ replied Manet. He did so gently, as he had […]

Abstract Canvas Prints : 1870-90

Claude Monet leant forward and stirred a cube of sugar into his coffee. He did not rush. Each ponderous revolution of the spoon, plunged deep into the hot drink, acted like a metronome marking his thoughts. And he had plenty on his mind. As did those gathered around him. Even Édouard Manet, who was not […]

Abstract Canvas Prints : Sisley

And the way to do that was by immersing oneself in the day-to-day of metropolitan living: watching, thinking, feeling and finally recording. This was the artistic philosophy that gave Manet the courage to define the Academy, and philosophy that has percolated through the story of modern Art. Duchamp was a flaneur, so was Warhol, as […]

Abstract Canvas Prints : Here and Now

Describing the roll thus : “Observer, philosopher, flaneur, calling him what you will, the crowd is his element, as the air is that of birds and water of fishes. Passion and his profession are to become one flesh with the crowd. For the perfect flaneur, for the passionate spectator, it is an immense joy to […]

Abstract Canvas Prints : Bourgeois

  For the frustrated Paris-based artists battling with the Academy during the second half of the 19th century Baudelaire was that individual. The Painter of Modern Life, his essay, by the time it was published Baudelaire had already spent many years using his position as a respected poet and writer, to champion the artists who […]