Soutine – Portraits: Cooks, Waiters & Bellboys – ART 2018


In 2018, I am intending to devote lots more time to my blog for a whole plethora of reasons. I will reveal more about that in 2018. But in order to whet the appetite a little, I am going to kick this all off with a few posts, mainly focusing on Art. I am not going to try to over think it or make it intellectually unattainable, but just my reaction to it and if the fancy takes you – to provide you with the details on where the exhibition is. This first post is about Chaim Soutine – who was probably one of the under sung heroes of modern art in the 20th century and has always appealed to me greatly as an artist, so this was an opportunity not to be missed.

This inaugural post is to cover a wonderful exhibition that I saw recently in London, namely:

The exhibition is at the Courtauld Gallery in the Strand.

Courtauld Gallery - Soutine


Now, first things first, I don’t usually like portraits! That said, I am always keen to keep my mind open and to broaden my horizons. Now, the exhibition wasn’t that extensive but this did not detract from the overall impact. What struck me most was the use of the colour red, clearly a favourite and it is easy to see how somebody like Francis Bacon was influenced by Soutine. Perhaps subconciously, a lot of my work is red too – what is it about that colour in particular I wonder?

One work that I particularly admired was Bellboy (Le Groom) c.1925

The Courtauld also provide a rather nice exhibition catalogue which includes not only a review of each work, but also some cool background into Soutine which showcases his immense talent and his ability to be highly emotive in his works.

It isn’t on for much longer, so catch it if you can.

The Courtauld Gallery, London.

19 October 2017 – 22 January 2018

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