Peter Boizot

Okay, so maybe I'm getting a bit sidetracked on this blog now...Peter Boizot is not an artist, nor is he someone I met in Russia. He's actually the founder of Pizza Express. Thanks to my spam e-mails, I discovered that it was his 88th birthday yesterday, and that he is a man with an incredible …

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Antoni Fabrés

Antoni Fabrés was born in Barcelona in 1854, and went to Rome as a young sculptor. However, while he was there, he evolved into a painter instead. He continued to move around Europe somewhat; back to Barcelona and then to Paris, then back to Italy...and his fame and good reputation grew. He was recognised all over the place and …

Alfred Smith

Alfred Smith's name reveals his family's English origins, but in fact he was a Bordeaux-born Frenchman. He lived from 1854 to 1932 and was recognised and successful during his lifetime. His work uses a gentle palette, though as his style developed his colours brightened. I discovered the following painting of his at the Musée des …

Joaquim Mir

In a recent trip to the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, it was a painting by Joaquim Mir that most excited my senses. I have included my own pictures below. Mir was born in 1973 to a wealthy family and after his training joined the Calla del Safrà - a group of Catalonian artists who strived to …