The Thinker At The New Walsall Art Gallery

The Thinker by Auguste Rodin is one of the most famous and iconic sculptures of all time. A piece that is much admired and much loved, the 1904 sculpture is currently housed in Paris at the Rodin museum, but there are also numerous later casts that are housed around the world. What some people may not realise though, is that the larger cast is based on a much smaller, original version, from 1881, and that one of those earlier casts is now on display at the New Walsall Art Gallery.

The sculpture is on display as part of an exhibition that is on until the end of April. ‘Rodin:Rethinking the Fragment’ looks not just at Rodin and his inspirations (including the sculptures of Ancient Greece and Rome) but also at the legions of artists who followed Rodin and were inspired by him.

This ties in so well with Walsall, which is home, of course, to the formidable Garmen Ryan collection, a priceless collection of art and sculpture that was curated by Kathleen Garmen, a Wednesbury born lady who was the wife and muse of Jacob Epstein. The Garmen Ryan collection is a stunning collection of sculpture that includes busts and casts of some of Epstein’s daughters including Kitty and the tragic Esther, as well as models of the girls when they were babies, and much loved pets too.

The Midlands is currently being blessed with art exhibitions which are bringing some of the most iconic pieces of art work to the region. Already 2019 has seen the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition in Birmingham, Rodin in Walsall and Matisse in Wolverhampton, as well as the return of Wolverhampton’s frankly amazing Pop Art exhibition. The beauty of these exhibitions are that they are free to enjoy, and so you really need to make sure you catch them before they go.

Rodin: Rethinking the Fragment

Until 29th April

Click here to visit The New  Walsall Art Gallery

King & McGaw – Easyart gets a new name!

 The Great Gatsby Art Print | #431270


The Great Gatsby
Art Print | #431270

In February I did a post about the amazing range of images and art prints that are available at Easyart. (You can check out that post here.) Since then, Easyart has had a name change and is now known as King & McGaw, but the fabulous quality and range is still the same and comes highly recommended by Fashion-Mommy. I was recently sent a beautiful print that is now taking pride of place in my living room, and I have to say that the all round service by King McGaw makes them very easy to recommend.

For me personally, one of the main things I worry about when ordering a framed print is that the glass will somehow be damaged in transit. This happened to me before when I ordered an expensive Lowry framed canvas that was smashed before it got to me. But Kip McGaw have really thought about this, and the images are housed in a rather than box, with packaging that keeps the picture in place – there is no room for movement in the box and therefore little chance of it being smashed and therefore disappointing you.

The picture comes with fittings and is carefully encased.

The picture comes with fittings and is carefully packaged to ensure it gets to you in one piece.

The print that I chose is just perfect for a Art Deco fan. It is a Penguin classic cover of one of my favourite books from the Jazz Age, F Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’. This was first published in 1925 and is rightly acknowledged as Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. The Penguin Classic covers have become a design classic and are now being reproduced on everything from tote bags to tea towels, as well as used again as book covers for re-issued editions. The Gatsby cover is a deep orange shade, with no image other than the famous penguin – it is stark, simple and beautiful, and when framed in a stylish black frame, it makes a real statement on any wall.

 

Close up of the book cover

Close up of the book cover

The print looks great mounted on the wall.

The print looks great mounted on the wall.

If you are a fan of the Penguin covers, King &McGaw has a whole range, from George Orwell’s 1984 to issues from Virginia Woolf, PG Wodehouse and Jane Austen. There are also beautiful reproductions of children’s classics like ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ which would be lovely in a child’s bedroom. Prices start from £14.95 for a small art print unframed (paper size 40x30cm). A framed print in a box frame, with the image mounted and gallery grade glass costs £60.66.

*With thanks to King & McGaw for the opportunity to review a print.

Put your love in print with Easy Art

One of the loveliest and most personal of gift choices this Valentine’s Day is the gift of Art. A framed print of a favourite photograph, film poster, work of Art, or even a reproduction of an advertising poster from the past can be very special, containing shared memories that may only be known to you and your loved one.

Easy Art have a, quite frankly, huge collection of Art prints that come in a range of sizes that they can also frame for you. Their collection ranges from classic and contemporary art work by artists ranging from Turner to Warhol, classic photographic imagery of works from the Kobal Collection and the Vogue Magazine Archives, and vintage posters once used by National Railways as advertising material in train station waiting rooms up and down the country.

Nostalgia fans will love the Penguin Collection, which reproduces the most famous titles from the Penguin Classics collection, as well as the now iconic children’s book covers.

Easy Art sells a range of both Art prints, printed on fine Litho paper, and canvas prints which are all ready for you to hang. The prints come in a range of sizes (you will need to check out your print of choice to see what sizes are available) with a good range of frames available too. You can see how your image would look framed by clicking on the framing options on the item page.

I have chosen a few of my favourite prints from Easy Art, including a film poster to Hitchcock’s masterpiece ‘Vertigo’, a late classic from Andy Warhol featuring my girl crush Debbie Harry, and my favourite photograph of all time, the sun streaking through the concourse of New York’s Grand Central Station.

What would you choose from Easy Art?

 The Great Gatsby Art Print | #431270 from £14.95 click to visit Easy Art


The Great Gatsby
Art Print | #431270
from £14.95 click to visit Easy Art

 

 Grand Central Station, Morning Art Print | #104881 £45.85 click to visit Easy Art


Grand Central Station, Morning
Art Print | #104881
£45.85 click to visit Easy Art

 

 London - St Pauls Cathedral Art Print | by National Railway Museum | #416054 £41.53 click to visit Easy Art


London – St Pauls Cathedral
Art Print | by National Railway Museum | #416054
£41.53 click to visit Easy Art

 Vogue July 1956 Art Print | by Henry Clarke | #433460 from £19.95 click to visit Easy Art


Vogue July 1956
Art Print | by Henry Clarke | #433460
from £19.95 click to visit Easy Art

 Vertigo Art Print | by Saul Bass | #426920 from £14.95 click to visit Easy Art


Vertigo
Art Print | by Saul Bass | #426920
from £14.95 click to visit Easy Art

 Job, 1897 Art Print | by Alphonse Mucha | #7352 £5.95 click to visit Easy Art


Job, 1897
Art Print | by Alphonse Mucha | #7352
£5.95 click to visit Easy Art

 Debbie Harry, 1980 Art Print | by Andy Warhol | #435344 £27.95 click to visit Easy Art


Debbie Harry, 1980
Art Print | by Andy Warhol | #435344
£27.95 click to visit Easy Art

 Going To The Match Art Print | by L S Lowry | #418626 £19.95 click to visit Easy Art


Going To The Match
Art Print | by L S Lowry | #418626
£19.95 click to visit Easy Art