The Lady Lever Gallery (Boobs!)

So unfortunately life can sometimes get in the way of being creative Boo.

I haven’t been able to make much this week. So I thought I would post about a bit of inspiration time. A recent gallery trip I enjoyed over the new year period. I traveled up with my parents to visit my Brother up North. He lives about 10 minutes outside of liverpool.

On one of the cold wet days we decided to douse ourselves in a little bit of culture in between the new years pub trips and walks. We ventured to the Lady lever Art Gallery.

'The Judgement of Paris', William Etty'Lady Hamilton as a Bacchante', Elizabeth Vigee-Le Brun

The Gallery is describes as ‘housing one of the UK’s finest collections of fine and decorative art. It has the best collection of Wedgwood anywhere in the world and its collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings is internationally renowned.’

It was quite a small gallery but did have a stunning selection of paintings. The gallery was founded by William Hesketh Lever (1851-1925) a multimillionaire businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist. and is dedicated to the memory of his wife Elizabeth. Which is a very romantic concept,  I mean a man dedicating a gallery to his wife.

Thomas Gainsborough 'Anne Duchess of Cumberland''Cymon and Iphigenia', Sir John Everett Millais

I liked the history of William Lever as seemed to actually care about his employees by building Port Sunlight to provide his workforce with good housing. He campaigned for better welfare and a shorter working day, and supported building, education and medical projects.

This was guy was one on the pioneers of advertising remember all those pears soaps adverts that now are trendy postcards decorating Peoples bathrooms? well that him. He started to use art to advertise eventually making his own collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My favourite piece in the whole gallery is below. ‘On his holidays’ by John Sergent. I was mesmerised by it, whizzing past many other pieces quickly to take this picture in for ages. The photo doesn’t really do it justice. The brushwork and way the light is captured hitting the water is stunning. The longer you stare it the more you get taken in. The water looks like its moving roaring and rushing past as the boy leans passively and precariously on the side.

It is described by the Gallery

Sargent went on holiday to Norway in 1901 with the McCullogh family.… His son Alexander … is here relaxing from salmon fishing in a mood of thoughtful melancholy. Delight in the descriptive power of dazzling free brushwork, and the light and colour it can create is rare in British art; here it is achieved with a marvellous economy of means by an American artist under the influence of French impressionism.

What amused me most about this art gallery was bar the traditional paintings of washing cherubs, happy housewives, animals, collections of antiquities and furnishings there seemed to be one clear theme to the gallery…he….well had an eye for the ladies and of course…..boobs.

Here are some of my favourite paintings below they are just stunning.

Sir Joshua Reynolds 'Elizabeth Gunning, Duchess of Hamilton and Duchess of Argyll'

Dante Rossetti 'The Blessed Damozel'

Lord Leighton 'The Daphnephoria'Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema 'The Tepidarium''The Kelpie', HJ Draper'The Garden of the Hesperides', Lord LeightonSir John Everett Millais 'The Black Brunswicker''The Tree of Forgiveness', Edward Coley Burne-Jones

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