Artistic expression @ Tate Modern

I took my daughter to the Tate Modern yesterday, an international and modern art gallery along the Thames river. I was only to happy to take her as it is one of my favourite places. We wanted to see the Gerhard Richter: Panorama exhibit. We made good use of our time and visited all the exhibits on show. I made my way to some of my favourites and was only to happy to discover a few more. 

Two portraits below are by British artist, Meredith Frampton (1894-1984) and the other
by Pablo Picasso. I looked at Picasso's painting and thought it reflected how I felt post holiday rush. I then turned to Frampton's work and felt the calmness of his work...particularly the one of Marguerite Kelsey.

Marguerite Kelsey, 1928 by Meredith Frampton (1894-1984)

Portrait of a Young Woman, 1935 by Meredith Frampton (1894-1984)
Note: image taken by me and as a result, it has the reflection of the window
 behind me. I think it adds another interesting dimension to the image. :)

Bust of a Woman, 1944 by Pablo Picasso
Portrait of photographer, Dora Maar.
Image taken by me via Instagram

The Gerard Richter exhibit represents five decades of the artists life. I was fascinated by his choice in mediums and how varied they were from decade to decade. I admit I was a bit nervous as I passed into his 'grey era'. I had escaped into the Tate in search of colour after a few dreary grey days around London. I stared to laugh when I saw one grey painting after another...all interesting, but not quite the 'lift' I was looking for. I then wandered into the next room and 'wow', an explosion of abstract colour was before me in the most interesting textures. It was a study of genius.  I have a fondness for the work of Robert Rauschenberg and Mark Rothko and felt as I looked upon Richter's work that they were kindred spirits in many ways. I wondered, if once upon a time, they knew each other. The room below had a large mirror on one wall. It added an interesting dimension to the room..the perfect touch.

image~ Yves Krier

If you follow me, you know I collect postcards and love sending them even more. I grabbed a couple of the image of my favourites, Betty, a painting of the artists daughter as a young girl.

Betty, 1988 by Gerhard Richter
image via Gerhard Richter

Before I left the gallery, I watched a video of Gerhard Richter speaking about his art here. For a split second, I managed to catch him taking a photo of his work as he walked through the installation prior to the opening to the public. I wondered what he must have thought, seeing some of his work, sold years ago... before him once again. I love this photo, he taking a photo of his work with me taking a photo of him..via a monitor. It is the little things in life that give us such pleasure, this did it for me. :)

Gerhard Richter...photographing his work. image~me
The exhibit runs thru 8 January, you can read about it here.
and...if you fancy an evening walk along the can visit me here.

Best wishes for a Bright and Happy New Year....
may it be filled with inspiration!!

Jeanne xx


  1. I've been meaning to go and see the Richter exhibition and still haven't managed it even though I'm a member of the Tate. Shocking, I know.

    Have a Happy New Year too!

    Helena xx

    PS. I loved your London images on your other site. xx

  2. Oh Jeanne, thanks so much for the virtual tour. I adored it. Oh, to have been by your side! J x