Spring has officially sprung! 🌸
We're celebrating with Mark Fisher RA's blossom-tastic 'An Orchard in the Spring'. The American painter worked in the open air to capture the joys of the warm countryside.
Mark Fisher RA, 'An Orchard in the Spring', ca. 1920. Oil on canvas. 457 mm x 612 mm. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: John Hammond.
Happy Mothers Day!
This tender scene was captured by figure and landscape painter Rodney Burn RA 💐
Rodney Burn RA, 'Mother and Child', ca. 1962. Oil on canvas. 760 mm x 865 mm. © Royal Academy of Arts. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: Photo Studios.
What unusual things do you collect?
Dame Elizabeth Blackadder RA described herself as a "collector of everything" and often painted still-life subjects featuring flowers and an eclectic range of items she had collected in her home and studio.
Dame Elizabeth Blackadder RA, 'Saddle Bag and Peruvian Birds', 1977. Watercolour. 667 mm x 997 mm. © Royal Academy of Arts. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London.
Now open 'Souls Grown Deep like the Rivers: Black Artists from the American South'!
A floral offering of love for a grandmother, created from tin, nails and enamel; a geometric quilt of blue denim and red corduroy; an animal skull with a hollow-eyed stare, mounted on chipped vinyl, this exhibition is full of striking masterpieces, often assembled from unexpected materials. Discover the artists who created some of the most spectacular and ingenious works of the last century.
Book your tickets – & if you're 25 or under, tickets are half price: https://roy.ac/kzfifr
Ronald Lockett, 'Sarah Lockett's Roses', 1997. Tin, nails, and enamel on wood, 129.5 x 123.2 x 3.8 cm. Souls Grown Deep Foundation, Atlanta. © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2023. Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
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Discover a piece of the Alhambra of Granada in London ⭐️
The large and luxurious ‘Alhambra Silk’, probably served as a wall hanging or curtain and its inscriptions refer to prosperity, good fortune, and happiness.
Visit our 'Spain and the Hispanic World' exhibition – book your tickets: https://roy.ac/Spain
Unknown artist, ‘Alhambra Silk’ (detail), c. 1400. Silk, 237.5 x 152.3 cm. On loan from The Hispanic Society of America, New York, NY
Behind the scenes at the RA: Unboxing 'Souls Grown Deep like the Rivers: Black Artists from the American South' 📦🛠
Watch our team unpack and install these amazing works of art, as we prepare for our latest exhibition, which opens on Friday (17 March).
See them for yourself - book your tickets now: https://roy.ac/kzfifr
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What do you see in the face of this artist?
The title of the work translates as “And I never cry, and I never laugh”. This self-portrait was painted as Jean Cooke’s marriage to fellow artist John Bratby was falling apart.
Cooke used the medium of self-portraiture throughout her career as a means of self-expression and self-examination.
Jean Cooke RA, 'Et jamais je ne pleure et jamais je ne ris', ca. 1972. Oil on canvas. 457 mm x 457 mm. © Royal Academy of Arts. © Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: John Hammond.
Does feasting your eyes on this painting count as one of your five a day? 🍐
William Scott RA was a British artist best known for his still life paintings, like this one filled with pears. He tried to achieve "beauty in plainness", a satisfying simplicity that gives the viewer pleasure.
William Scott RA, 'Still Life with Pears', 1957. Oil on canvas. 460 mm x 610 mm x 40 mm. © Royal Academy of Arts. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: John Hammond.
Spain’s painter of light, Joaquín Sorolla is best known for his images of beach scenes 🏖
Capturing a moment of apparent spontaneity, Sorolla seems to pay homage to Sandro Botticelli’s 'Birth of Venus' or to the Roman statue 'Venus Genetrix', which the Spanish artist owned a cast of.
Lose yourself in this serene painting and other works by Sorolla in our 'Spain and the Hispanic World' exhibition: https://roy.ac/Spain
Joaquín Sorolla, ‘After the Bath’ (detail), 1908. Oil on canvas, 176 x 111.5 cm. On loan from The Hispanic Society of America, New York, NY
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Opening next week 📆
Immerse yourself in 'Souls Grown Deep like the Rivers'. Discover the unique art tradition forged by Black artists from the American South, with works ranging from sculpture, paintings, reliefs, drawings, and quilts.
Don't miss your chance to see them from 17 March – book tickets now: https://roy.ac/kzfifr
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Currently losing ourselves in the amazing textures of this painting 😮
When Frank Bowling RA painted 'Wintergreens', he had abandoned easel painting and instead either pinned his canvases to the wall to work on them, or spread them out on the floor. The surfaces became harder and less fluid, and Bowling started using strips of styrofoam to create a geometric framework to his paintings.
Sir Frank Bowling RA, 'Wintergreens', 1986. Acrylic on canvas. 1740 mm x 3480 mm x 100 mm. ©Royal Academy of Arts, London; Photographer: Prudence Cuming Associates Limited
For five generations, the women of Gee’s Bend have passed down their skills and knowledge in creating quilts that are both functional objects and masterful works of art. These women would quilt together scraps of fabric to keep themselves and their families warm at night. Over time, quilting became a vehicle toward their own economic and social liberation. And these pieces, and the generations of women who created them, are now getting the recognition they deserve.
This quilt, called 'Triangles', is by Marlene Bennett Jones, one of legendary quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. The denim pockets proudly show the origin of the materials used. Look closely and you’ll see different types of corduroy, too. This corduroy is recycled from a quilt made by Bennett’s mother. Materials given new life, they act as extended family portraits or family trees, history visible in faded patches.
Quilts of Gee's Bend will be featured in our upcoming 'Souls Grown Deep like the Rivers: Black Artists from the American South' exhibition. Find out more: https://roy.ac/kzfifr
Marlene Bennett Jones, 'Triangles', 2021. Denim, corduroy, and cotton, 205.7 x 157.5 cm. Souls Grown Deep Foundation, Atlanta. © 2023 Marlene Bennett Jones / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London. Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
Is that spring tapping us on the shoulder? 🌺
In a garden during winter, Betty Swanwick RA depicts a gardener asleep on the ground dreaming of spring, who is scattering him flowers from a basket.
Betty Swanwick RA, 'Primavera and the Sleeping Gardener', 1978. Pencil on wove paper. 560 mm. © Royal Academy of Arts. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: Prudence Cuming Associates Limited.
Reality or illusion? 🔍
This trompe l’oeil painting, made by Spanish artist Marcos Fernández Correa, comes from The Hispanic Society Museum & Library's collection and is one of a pair featuring drawing and painting supplies. Come see it in our 'Spain and the Hispanic World' exhibition – book your tickets: https://roy.ac/Spain
Marcos Fernández Correa, ‘Trompe l’oeil with Drawing Supplies and a Print’, c. 1670. Oil on canvas, 99.5 x 55 cm. On loan from The Hispanic Society of America, New York, NY
This gorgeous green scene from Kew Gardens is giving us all the feels! Will inspire you to take a walk in your local park? 🍃
Christopher Sanders RA, 'Sunlight through a Willow Tree at Kew', ca. 1958. Oil on canvas. 101.6 cm x 127 cm. © Royal Academy of Arts. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: John Hammond.
Lose yourself in a page turner this 📕
In this atmospheric depiction of one of Colin Hayes RA's daughters, she is reading in their kitchen at home. Unaware of being painted, completely absorbed by her book, which leaves us wondering what she's reading?
Colin Hayes RA, 'Interior', ca. 1961. Oil on canvas. 61.5 cm x 92.5 cm. © Royal Academy of Arts. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London.