Monday, 21 March 2016

Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Giovanni Bellini,  A Portrait of a Boy, c1475
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham houses a remarkable collection of art including paintings from the 13th century to the 20th century.
I have visited it for the first time – drawn by the excellent exhibition of abstract painting: Chance, Order, Change (see entry below). Here are my top ten paintings.
(Click on images to enlarge.)
Luca Signorelli,  A Portrait of Niccolò Vitelli, c 1492-96
Jan Gossaert,  Hercules and Deianira, 1517
Christopher Amberger (attrib.),  A Portrait of a Man, c1530-40
Giuseppe Maria Crespi, A Woman Looking for Fleas, c1715-20
Johan Christian Dahl,  A Mother and Child by the Sea, 1840
André Derain, A Portrait of Bartolomeo Savona, 1906
Fernand Léger, Composition with Fruit, 1938
Howard Hodgkin,  Artificial Flowers, 1975
Frank Auerbach,  Primrose Hill - Winter, 1981-82

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