The Blind Girl by John Everett Millais

The Blind Girl by John Everett Millais

Every time I look at The Blind Girl I forget the two girls are beggars. That may be due to the blind girl’s blissful expression. Also, John Everett Millais sets them in a picturesque field of lush, joyful color. Still, this lovely duo holds us gripped in their happy moment.

A Bigger Splash by David Hockney – 1967

A-Bigger-Splash by David Hockney

A Bigger Splash by David Hockney resonates across time with its familiar, fresh image. Painted in 1967, this masterpiece feels new no matter when you check it out. Sure, modern classic sounds like an oxymoron. But it’s also a fitting phrase for this piece.

Head Surrounded by Sides of Beef by Francis Bacon

Head Surrounded by Sides of Beef - Francis Bacon - 1954 -

Why Head Surrounded by Sides of Beef by Francis Bacon is such a famous painting:

• Bacon’s power, horror and Pope obsessions.
• Raw meat means vulnerability in Head Surrounded by Sides of Beef.
• People love Francis Bacon’s shocking, screaming Popes.

The UnderCliff by Richard Parkes Bonington

The Undercliff Watercolor 1828

Foreboding waves crash The Undercliff painting. This makes literal and figurative sense. After all, Richard Parkes Bonington painted it one month before dying. He was twenty five years old with TB. It was 1828 and tuberculosis was known as the “robber of youth” at the time.

EOW on Her Blue Eiderdown II by Frank Auerbach

Frank Auerbach - EOW in Her Blue Eiderdown

The painting EOW on Her Blue Eiderdown II presents us with seductive obscurity. Frank Auerbach was a true romantic and it shows here. This painting may seem blunt at first. But the piece demands a deeper look.