Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

NEW Because of the Corona shutdown, I now offer an excellent digital museum visit, using Zoom combined with my extensive photo files. Call me for an appointment! A digital Zoom visit with your private art historian, our plan B in Covid 19 / Corona  times. I will show you my image bank of paintings inside. And give you a high quality tour. Your private Webinar.

HUGE list of museums for digital visits via my photo files + Zoom.

 

In better times, after re-opening:

Guided tour in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

A digital Zoom visit with your private art historian, our plan B in Covid 19 / Corona  times. I will show you my image bank of paintings inside. And give you a high quality tour.

In better times, after re-opening: The Walker Art Gallery presents excellent collections of Victorian artists including Royal Academy artists such as Frederic, Lord Leighton; furthermore a good sprinkling of Pre-raphaelites and a smaller holding of international artists of many centuries  . Initially funded by the Liverpool brewer Walker, it opened 1877.  Building and collections were much extended in the following decade.

Walker art gallery: Detail of a 1877-78Leighton painting: Elijah in the Wilderness. Here his fleeing from Jezebel the Killer.  An angel provides sustenance.

Lucien Freus paints the photographer Diamond. After WW2 the nation’s artists were trying to get a new foothold after so much destruction and bloodshed.

Leighton: 1891 Perseus, son of Danae and Zeus, about to kill the very dangerous Gorgon Medusa, who would kill all that looked at him/her.

Ford Madox Brown, detail of the Coat of many Colours, referring to Jacob’s dream after he was sold into slavery. The painter researched Middle Eastern images available to him.

Many galleries have been built. This one for the older fine art.

A corner of the Pre-Raphaelite room, with to the left Waterhouse scene with nymphs.

Please note: As your VIP tour guide and art historian, I will fly in from Amsterdam and will stay there (at your cost). Our museum visit can perhaps be extended for a number of days and nights to the excellent art museums of Birmingham, Manchester, Cambridge.

 

Side trip to the Art Gallery Manchester.

A digital Zoom visit with your private art historian, our plan B in Covid 19 / Corona  times. I will show you my image bank of paintings inside. And give you a high quality tour.

In better times, after re-opening: Philosophy…My educators tole me: If you cannot say anything nice about somebody, or something, you should probably say nothing at all. Yet my toes curl here…See the captions for my personal viewpoints.

The Art Gallery of Manchester, England, moved and reopened  1882; it is a short train trip away from Liverpool. The gallery has fine art collection consisting of more than 2,000 oil paintings, 3,000 watercolours and drawings, 250 sculptures, 90 miniatures and around 1,000 prints.

Francis Derwent Wood, Atlanta, c 1907. “Perceived as modern muscular”. In 2019 I witnessed a school class of about 10 year old muslim boys spotting this sculpture and getting the thrill of a lifetime.

William Etty, The Sirens and Ulysses (detail) 1837. They are trying to let Ulysses sail into the rocks, but do not succeed.

Birmingham Art Gallery, NOT to be confused with Birmingham Museum.

Ford Madox Brown. Work, painted between 1852-1856. This painting requires close reading and pondering. It is an image of society as a whole.

British Navvies hard at work, in Ford Madox Brown. Work, detail.

Street girl pulling boy’shair in Ford Madox Brown. Work.

William Holman Hunt, The Light of This World, 1951-1856. Outdoor, moonlight. Christ wearing a crown.

William Holman Hunt, The Hireling Shepherd, 1851 (detail). The flock goes astray due to lack of serious attention of the male + female. Bad work ethic.

William Holman Hunt, The Scapegoat (detail) 1854-55. Dead sea and Atonement. Referrals to Christ.

Frederic Lord Leighton, an XXL painting of Captibve Andromache, ca 1888. Shown here is Hector her husband, with premonition of doom.

Dutch gallery: Jan Miense Molenaer, 1635, Child in trouble, school master punishes. Harsh beatings were considered normal.

Soul searching by the staff: do we want too how this male chauvinist sexist art? Out with it! Middle background Roman Chariot Races, c 1882, by Alexander von Wagner.

Heavy stairwell in the old entrance. Shown here is bad male-dominated art. Be aware.

John William Waterhouse, Hylas and the Nymphs, 1896. Water Numphs try to keep the Argonaut Hylas from dong his manly task. Transfixed, he drowned. Lots of female sensuousness. Removed by female staff in the quest to get rid of male chauvinist Porn. There was a serious backlash and an the press reported: Feminism gone Mad. The painting was back in the gallery after a week of uproar.