Thursday, 28 May 2009




Yesterday I decided to B off to London, or miss the Picasso exhibition at the National. This is the slow train I did not get on, partly because I had some unauthenticated theory that the fast train would overtake it.


Partly because it was a short train already full of grey haired women.


In spite of the undeniable fact that I was also making use of the senior citizen cheap day return I did not want to emphasise the fact.

I rarely make use of concessions at the flics etc. why should i when it only saves a paltry quid or whatever, but i live in trepidation that some day some uncouth youth will assume I am entitled and dish one out, unrequested. Some people are proud of their age, it is indeed an achievement of sorts, but I'm not yet ready to take up the mantle.

The National Gallery happily charged me full price, but punished my ?vanity by making 4 of us wait until the exact second of the timed ticket had begun. So "jobs worth" If I were younger i might have started a discussion as to whether the previous allocation was totally taken up, [which obviously being the penultimate week it wasn't - I could see the spaces! however I merely slouched like a teenager and then scowled at the attendant as we were eventually enabled to pass into the inner sanctum.

Actually my lower back is not good with shopping and exhibitions these days, maybe i should take crutches and go for the sympathy vote, but i fear it would not help as a woman in a wheel chair was also barred till the correct tick of the tock.

It would be good to have one of the chariots that the elderly whizz round town with, can't wait, but then again, probably can.

The exhibition was very exciting. His canvases were curated to show how P would work with paintings like Velasquez, Caravaggio, Matisse to develop his own versions of their work, as an homage and because he was so darn prolific i suppose. ideas just poured out of him.

I was so stimulated by some monumental canvases of Reclining Nudes that I have not seen before. they are largely monochrome, the size of a wall, and FILLED frame to frame with the figure . Amazing.

I was busting to buy some reproductions to take home, but I should have known that as usual the piece that delights one in an exhibition will totally ignored by the postcard/poster makers.

What i should have done was gone back in and do some sketching, but would the steely faced woman bend her uniform and let me back in. Doubtful.

Exit muttering.

This is the plinth in Trafalgar square where each day selected people will stand as an Anthony Gormley inspired " live statue", next month I think.

I suspect there will be protective plastic, and not just from the rain.

3 comments:

carol said...

Total jealousy here! I really wanted to see the Picasso exhibition. It might have shaken me out of my present doldrums.

Backs are a pain (oh ha ha) It's why Chloe does so well. I don't suppose you could have used a shooting stick in the Nat. Gal.

Walled Garden said...

It doesn't look like a slow train but I'm very close to the National Railway Museum "overflow" at Shildon and not much moves at all there.
My "new" house will be a mere mile from the very first railway siding in the world!!!
Sorry, I should have been musing about exhibitions and art stuff and the like but railways are close to my heart at the moment.
Cheers Gillian

chillsider said...

This train stops more often than the next one...........I like railways too. I remember standing on the "iron bridge" with my cousin, when we were kids, and feeling the whoosh of the ?steam train underneath us on the way back from Saturday morning pictures.