August Blue By Henry Scott Tuke at the Tate Britain in London

I travelled to see August Blue By Henry Scott Tuke at the Tate Britain in London. Come join me there too. Welcome to Art, Culture & Travel with me, Anthony King. Henry Scott Tuke was born in Cornwall, England in 1858. He painted this Oil paint on canvas, August Blue between 1893 and 1894. The Tate tell us that this is one of many pictures Henry Scott Tuke painted of boys bathing around Falmouth Harbour, a common scene at the time. Tuke worked from life and photographs, and he idealised the scene. Its poetic title (from Algernon Swinburne’s poem ‘The Sundew’) reflects the colour that suffuses the composition. Tuke grew up in Cornwall and helped found the Newlyn School, a group of artists based in

Sava Spa Art by Otto Antonini

I travelled to see The Sava Spa artwork by Otto Antonini at the Zagreb City Museum in Croatia. We’ll also be looking at some of his other 1920s and 30s incredible work. Come join me there too. Welcome to Art, Culture & Travel with me, Anthony King. The Sava Spa by Otto Antonini was created in 1926. This poster is actually a template for the front page of the weekly “Svijet”, no. 6 of 7 published August 1926, celebrating the opening of the city swimming pools. This was a printed special bathing issue dedicated to bathing life. The Zagreb pools at the time could apparently accommodate 5,000 members of the public. Otto Antonini was born in Zagreb in 1892. He was trained as a fresco

Stone Gate Shrine in Zagreb, Croatia

I travelled to see the Stone Gate Shrine in Zagreb, Croatia. Come join me there too. Welcome to Art, Culture & Travel with me, Anthony King. You’ll see people praying and contemplating if you visit the The Stone Gate which is supposed to have existed since 1266 but was first officially recorded in 1492. In the 17th and 18th centuries, it was damaged by fires in 1645, 1674, 1706, and 1731. The city, mainly built of wood, experienced frequent fires. During the 1731 fire, the Stone Gate was severely damaged, but a painting of the Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus remained intact. Widow Modlar, the painting’s owner, built a chapel inside the Stone Gate for it. Today, “The Virgin and Child” is still there, protected

High School in Križanićeva Street By Antun Masle at the Zagreb City Museum in Croatia

I travelled to see High School in Križanićeva Street By Antun Masle at the Zagreb City Museum in Croatia. Come join me there too. Welcome to Art, Culture & Travel with me, Anthony King. This oil on canvas was painted in 1939. The museum tell us that the school complex in Križanićeva Street was built 1932. If you visit the street now you will see that it’s almost the same to this day and I believe that the building is still a college. Although this is a very simplistic painting it’s got great colour and is a very good piece of art. Antun Masle was prominent in Dubrovnik where he was born in 1919. In fact, some of you might remember his work from when

Andromeda by Vlaho Bukovac at the National Gallery Of Slovenia

I travelled to see Andromeda by Vlaho Bukovac at the National Gallery Of Slovenia in Ljubljana. Come join me there too. Welcome to Art, Culture & Travel with me, Anthony King. Vlaho Bukovac was born in Cavtat, Dalmatia in 1855. Regulars to the channel will remember that we’ve actually visited this small town right on the southern edge of Croatia to admire Ivan Mestrovic’s mausoleum. This strikingly beautiful woman is Andromeda. In Greek mythology she was the daughter of King Cepheus and Queen Cassiope of Joppa in Palestine (called Ethiopia). If you look at the painting closely you will see that she is chained and imprisoned. Her mother made a boast and her daughter had to pay the price. Andromeda, with her stunning red hair,

Claude Monet’s Vetheuil, Ice Floes

Today we’ll be looking at Claude Monet’s Vetheuil, Ice Floes. Welcome to Art, Culture & Travel with me, Anthony King. Claude Monet was born in Paris on the 14th November 1840 and was the founder of Impressionism. Even the word itself; “Impressionism” was taken from his painting Soleil Levant which he exhibited in 1874. Incredibly, Monet actually suffered from partial blindness from around 1914 as he had cataracts which he was apparently afraid to have removed. By Anthony King (c)

The Entertainer Woman/Woman of Mantua and The Woman by Pietro Ghizzardi at the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art

I travelled to see The Entertainer Woman/Woman of Mantua and The Woman by Pietro Ghizzardi at the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art, in Zagreb. Come join me there too. Welcome to Art, Culture & Travel with me, Anthony King. Pietro Ghizzardi was born in 1960 in a region North of Italy called Mantua and his family were farm workers. He was self taught and his paintings remind me slightly of Modigliani… really powerful, sensual and with an edge to them. Today we’re travelling to the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art in Zagreb which displays works of untrained and self taught artists, which is what “naïve” means in this case. The museum is a standout in Zagreb and totally recommended; they display two paintings back to

Woman’s Face Sculpture, In Pristina, Kosovo

I travelled to see Woman’s Face in Pristina the capital of Kosovo. Come join me there too. Welcome to Art, Culture & Travel with me, Anthony King. I was walking around Pristina and I came across this sculpture called Woman’s Face. It’s large at maybe over 8 feet tall and is in the middle of a green outside of former communist apartment buildings. It’s surrounded by them which creates a really positive juxtaposition of change, quirkiness and fun in comparison to the brutal Yugoslavian architecture. I must mention that I have named this Woman’s Face because it doesn’t have a name that I can find anywhere. In fact there isn’t any information I can find at all. I really like that it doubles as a