John Maler Collier, 1850-1934

The Honourable John Maler Collier (27 January 1850 – 11 April 1934), called ‘Jack’ by his family and friends, was a leading British artist, and an author. He painted in the Pre-Raphaelite style, and was one of the most prominent portrait painters of his generation. Both his marriages were to daughters of Thomas Henry Huxley. He studied painting at the Munich Academy where he enrolled on 14 April 1875 at the age of 25.

Lady Godiva, by John Collier


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Matthew Joseph Peak – showcase gallery

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Matthew Joseph Peak is a contemporary figurative and landscape artist working in oil, pastel, and drawing. A member of the California Art Club, Oil Painters of America, and a Gold Medal winner of the Society of Illustrators.
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The Art of Russia

A review of some famous pieces from the Tretyakovskiy Gallery in Moscow, followed by a look at our junior version of “Utro v Sosnovym Lesu”

The music is “Vyhazhu odin ya na dorogu” (I walk out onto the road alone) sung by Dmitri Hvorostovski – who served incidentally in the same tank driving regiment of the Soviet Army as my father in law.

The pieces showcased are

1. The icon of the Mother of God and the Sign, Mid C15th, Novgorod.

2. “Neizvestnaya” (The Unknown Lady)1883, Ivan Kramskoy

3. “Grachi prileteli” (The Rooks have returned) 1871, Alexey Savrasov

4. “Neravnyi Brak” (Misalliance) 1862, Vasily Pukirev

5. “Yavlenie Messii” (The appearance of Messiah)1857, Alexandr Ivanov

6. Portrait of Vera Repina, 1884, Ilya Repin

7. “Siren’ v korzine” (Lilac in a basket) 1933, Piotr Konchalovski

8. “Pohishchenie Europy” (The abduction of Europe) 1910 Valentin Serov

9. (midpoint) Portrait of Maria Lopukhina 1797, Vladimir Borovikovski

10. “Bogatyri” (Warriors) 1898, Viktor Vasnetsov

11. “Utro v sosnovym lesu” (Morning in a pine forest) 1889 Ivan Shishkin

12. Caprice on Shishkin’s Morning in a Pine Forest, by Andrzej Nowak, 2005.

Obviously I only have the last one in the original!

John Everett Millais 1829-96

Millais (pronounced Mih-lay) was born in Southampton, England in 1829, of a prominent Jersey-based family. His prodigious artistic talent won him a place at the Royal Academy schools at the unprecedented age of eleven. While there, he met William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti with whom he formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (known as the “PRB”) in September 1848 in his family home on Gower Street, off Bedford Square.

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