Anyone with an interest in modern or contemporary art will be in their element when they pay a visit to Tate Britain. Established in 1897, it was originally known as the National Gallery of British Art and has been attracting art lovers from all over the world for many years.
When visiting London in search of art it should be near the top of your to-do list with several unmissable works that you should endeavor to visit.
While in the city you could also pay a visit to the Park Grand London Hyde Park for an overnight stay, which is just a short trip from Tate Britain on the Central Line. This contemporary and sleek 4-star hotel is located right at the heart of London with a number of rail links leading to Paddington station in under 30 minutes.
It’s more than likely that you will be familiar with this artwork even if you don’t follow art religiously but it is worth a visit to go in see it in real-life. The piece is by iconic artist Andy Warhol and includes numerous copies of the same image of Marilyn Monroe. It was created just weeks after the starlet’s death and despite being nearly 60 years old, it has a modern feeling.
Nude woman with necklace
This is one of Pablo Picasso’s most iconic works and makes exceptional use of colour to create a portrait of his second wife. Her enigmatic facial expression has been compared to that depicted in the Mona Lisa. The portrait is both complex and chaotic, meaning you’re likely to be stood for a while studying this exceptional work.
The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke
One of Richard Dadd’s most detailed paintings can also be found at Tate Britain. The exquisitely detailed masterpiece ripples with good vibrations as it portraits many fantasy characters from Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.
The Tate’s William Blake collection is probably one of the most recognised and mesmerizing groups of painting that can be found in the capital. The painting ‘Newton’ from 1795 shows the naked figure of Isaac Newton, the founder of mechanics, at the bottom of the sea. Blake’s painting is a direct criticism of Newton’s wold-view; who is turning his face away from the natural beauty of the world and is focusing on science.
After analysing this interesting portrait, why not discuss it with your other half or friends over a drink at the Park Grand London Hyde Park?
Be enchanted by this surrealist piece by artist Salvador Dali, which makes great use of colour, incorporating greys and browns which create a realistic effect. The dual imagery used in the piece shows a pool of water that could be both a lake and a fish simultaneously.
Lightening with Stag in its Glare
This installation piece will have you in awe of its size and power as it takes over an entire room. Consisting of a suspended bronze triangle, the artist was also a performance artist and when studying the piece you’ll see how movement also informed this work.