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London Calling: Exchange Diaries I

September 23, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Long time no blog everyone! In the blink of an eye the new school year has already begun for almost a month now, I hope everyone’s off to a good start! As for myself, this semester I am exchanging to King’s College London in (yes) London :) to study English literature for a semester. This is my first ever visit to England and London and this post will begin the first of many chronicling my time here. I’ve just gotten through my first week here and the experience has been exciting, overwhelming, tiring and quite incredible so far. The energy of London is definitely very different from Hong Kong, and with all its history, heritage, arts and culture, it’s a dream for any literature and art student. I must say regardless of its high living expenses, inconvenient transport (relative to HK’s MTR), horrid phone signal, and potential dangers (there might be one or two or ten dodgy areas…), I’m more in love with the city day by day.

In between settling down and housekeeping, I’ve managed to pay a visit to The Courtauld Gallery in the Somerset House (which happens to be conveniently next to the Strand Campus of KCL!). My visit also coincided with the London Fashion Week so there were lots of fashionistas walking about Somerset too! The gallery is free entry for all students and photos without flash are generously allowed. Among other exhibitions, the highlight and what the gallery is generally known for is its collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. I was actually unaware of this gallery and that it houses so many famous paintings, I went in without knowing anything and was pleasantly surprised to see so many pieces I’ve learnt about in Introduction to Western Art History in the flesh! Here are some of my favorites :)

 

The Bridge at Courbevoie (1886-87) by Seurat  There's something very calming I find about Seurat paintings, what do you think?

The Bridge at Courbevoie (1886-87) by Seurat
There’s something very calming I find about Seurat paintings, what do you think?

Peach Trees in Blossom (1889) by van Gogh

Peach Trees in Blossom (1889) by van Gogh

Two Dancers on a Stage (1874) by Degas

Two Dancers on a Stage (1874) by Degas

Bar at the Folies Bergere (1882) by Manet Love this!

Bar at the Folies Bergere (1882) by Manet
Love this!

Nevermore ( 1897) by Gauguin  Shadows of Poe's Raven. Eerie.

Nevermore ( 1897) by Gauguin
Shadows of Poe’s Raven. Eerie.

 

Black Litho Crayon on Mylar by Richard Serra This one of many in the series "Richard Serra: Drawings for the Courtauld" is a double-sided artwork of black litho crayon on Mylar plastic, the result is an interesting effect of texture. I wonder how he decided which side to display as the front?

Black Litho Crayon on Mylar by Richard Serra
This one of many in the series “Richard Serra: Drawings for the Courtauld” is a double-sided artwork of black litho crayon on Mylar plastic, the result is an interesting effect of texture. I wonder how he decided which side to display as the front?

Close up of Transparency, interesting eh?

Close up of Transparency, interesting eh?

London Fashion Week happening outside! A little sun finally shining through :)

London Fashion Week happening outside! A little sun finally shining through :)

Night at the Somerset

Night at the Somerset

Which painting/artist do you like the most? Do you enjoy Impressionist/Post-Impressionist artworks? I’d love to know your thoughts and hope you’ve enjoyed this quick first post of mine, please stay tuned for more on my adventures in London!

 

JW

 




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