I’ve been meaning to take a look at this building for a while and finally had a spare hour to get over to Kensington. It was commissioned by Michelin at the beginning of the 20th century and has some interesting decorations. It is a blend of Art Nouveau and Art Deco.
The front part of the building is now home to a restaurant that is out of my budget.
There are some beautiful painted tiles around the exterior displaying scenes from motor racing.
There was also this scene from a famous French bicycle race
Oggi sono andato a Londra. Ho preso il treno la mattina alle sette e diciotto. Siamo arrivati dopo un’ora. Primo, ho bevuto un cappuccino. Poi ho visitato Greenwich. Ci sono stato spesso ma questo tempo sono veduto vedere una mostra ‘Turner And The Sea’ al museo…hmmm come si dice ‘National Martime Museum’ in italiano? Non lo so! Mi sono piaciuti i quadri di Turner e anche questo di Vernet. Per pranzo sono andato il mercato di Greenwich. Nel mercato gli aromi sono magnifici. Ci sono molto tipi di piatti mangiare.
The painting ‘Night’ by Claude-Joseph Vernet has a fantastic contrast of light. It perhaps feels a bit darker than it seems here. I really liked the highly illuminated moon (it almost seems as though it has a bright backlight emanating from within the canvas) and the glow of the night fire. There is also a faint whisp of smoke trailing away from the man leaning on a cask.
So oh well my favourite painting of the exhibition was not a Turner after all!
Fishing Boats Bringing a Disabled Ship into Port Ruysdael
These plaster casts of Trajan’s Column are situated in the Cast Court of the V&A. The casts were taken from Rome’s original monument in about 1864 and installed in 1873. This copy has the benefit of still showing many details that have been lost on the original due to pollution and weather damage.