Herbert James Gunn and His Mona Lisa

At thirty-one-years old Herbert James Gunn’s life was only just beginning. Sure, the Scotsman had already been married once, fathered three children, fought in World War I and wandered through the cities of Europe and the sun-drenched north of Africa, milestones which would take many of us a lifetime to achieve. But there he was […]

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh – La Rue du Soleil, Port-Vendres (1926)

Impoverished after World War I and lacking commissions, Charles Rennie Mackintosh moved to Port-Vendres – a small port in southern France – to start anew. He had previously achieved success as an architect, even winning the competition to design the new Glasgow School of Art. Versatile in his talents, the Scotsman also designed furniture and […]

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William Roberts – The Vorticists at the Restaurant de la Tour Eiffel (1961 – 1962)

Inspired by Cubism and Futurism, in 1914 a group of avant-garde artists sought to disrupt the sentimental British art scene with bold, geometric lines reflecting the frenzy and dynamism of the post-industrial age. They called the movement Vorticism and in their magazine, BLAST, they explained the significance of the name: “You think at once of […]

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