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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Art: paintings and the purely decorative

We've been very fortunate in Sydney and Canberra to be recently treated to two very different but wonderful exhibitions.

In Sydney at the AGNSW the masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris has given us a wonderful opportunity to view a broad representation of the artist's works.

At the NGA in Canberra the exquisite and luminous paintings from the Renaissance period and lent by the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo, Italy give us a rare chance to study paintings from artists never before seen in Australia.

Raffaello: San Sebastiano

Unfortunately most of us can't afford to hang paintings of that quality on our own walls but we can decorate and enhance our surroundings in an interesting way.  

Photographs grouped together in black frames with white mounts create a photo gallery full of wonderful memories.  Small framed photos or pictures are uninteresting and lonely looking if they're on their own on a big wall space.

If you have a wide enough hallway or passage you can create a gallery of your favourite paintings such as the one below.

You don't have to even hang your art works, just lean them against the wall

And if your collection is of interesting frames they too can create a decorative wall

In my photo below taken at a local yacht club, walls are covered with photos and memorabilia.  It's a charming space where the original club has not be spoiled by modernisation.