Earlier this April I spent a wonderful afternoon wandering around the city of York, taking in the spring sun and enjoying the trees in the parks all full of blossom. York is a great city to live in, as there are just so many nice antiquarians and charity shops. So once I finished my shopping, I decided to have coffee at Grays Court and read some of the books I had found that morning.
I was happy to see that my favourite room (all covered in green fabric) was free, so I could sit in the window and overlook the courtyard below, and catch some of the sun rays that were streaming through the window.
The next day I attended the members preview of the new Albert Moore exhibition at the York Art Gallery. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see the works of this Victorian artist gathered in one room, the biggest exhibition of his work since 1894. There’s a beautiful stillness in a lot of his works that greatly appeals to me. A series of painted studies for a larger work were especially worth seeing for the strength of their brushwork. I would have loved to see what Albert Moore would have painted had he been born a few decades later!
In many of his works flowers and blossoms can be found, including the gallery’s own large Moore painting, pictured in this blog-post. I love how art makes us see things in a different way. After seeing the cherry blossom trees by Van Gogh or the paintings of Moore, I cannot see blossoming trees without thinking about these artists and their way of seeing.
Is there an artist that has influenced the way you look at things today? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear your thoughts!