The AGO – Part 2

I mentioned previously that I “splurged” at the AGO and bought admission to the “Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty” exhibit.  I’d studied Francis Bacon in university (one of my classmates did a really good presentation on him), so paying the $5.50 extra to get admission didn’t seem like a lot.

I didn’t know about Henry Moore, so I figured that this would be a good chance to learn.  He is most well known for his sculptures, but I found his sketches really interesting.  During WW2 he sketched people who had sought refuge from the Blitz in the London Underground.

(from http://www.henry-moore.org)

The sketches were done with pencil, gauche, ink and wax on paper, and the end result is amazing.  There was a video showing the artist drawing a picture using this technique, and it was brilliant to watch.

As for Francis Bacon, well I’d expected to see a lot of screaming Popes, but surprisingly there weren’t very many.  There were a lot of other works, though, and I was intrigued by “Figure in a Blue Box” and “Marching Figures”.

There was no photography permitted in the special exhibit, so how do I remember which paintings I liked?  Well, I took notes:

Always carry a pen.
Always carry a pen.

I also wrote down Lawren S. Harris: a Canadian painter, and one of the Group of Seven.  His landscapes are really amazing:

Maligne Lake, Jasper Park. (This and other images can be found at http://bertc.com/g11/index.htm)

And I also wrote down the name Tom Thomson.  He was an influence on the Group of Seven, but died (mysteriously) before their official formation.  I like his northern lights and winter scenes.

Northern Lights, 1916 (Found at http://tomthomsonart.ca/biography/northern-lights-1916)

And there’s still more artists to go…

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