Sunday, 4 February 2018

From Life - Royal Academy

Thomas Rowlandson and Augustus Charles Pugin,Drawing from Life at the Royal Academy,
(Somerset House), 1 January 1808





















There were some good things in this exhibition but overall, a bit disappointing. Not enough variety of work, not enough history etc. The film of Chinese students drawing a huge head of David was good, as were some of the 19th Century paintings of life classes at the RA. Amusing in a Giles cartoon sort of way; some of the students didn't seem to be paying attention or looked decidedly bored. Also wearing hats indoors. You have to feel for the models who must have been pretty cold.

Exhibition continues until 11 March.
https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/from-life


Zoffany


Unidentified artist, A Life Class, Early 19th century?
Oil on canvas, 987 X 1347 X 25 mm
Formerly attributed to William Hogarth.

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