Category: Work of the week

Pablo Picasso Portrait of a young woman, after Cranach the Younger, II 1958

Portrait of a young woman, after Cranach the Younger, II is Picasso’s interpretation of a painting by Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach the Younger. The extraordinary five-colour print was Picasso’s first published linocut, made when the artist was seventy-seven years old. …  More

Katsushika Hokusai The great wave off Kanagawa (c.1830)

With his unique social observations, innovative approach to design and mastery of the brush, Katsushika Hokusai created some of the most iconic, engaging images in the history of Japanese art. The Great wave off Kanagawa, from Hokusai’s Thirty-six views of …  More

Sidney Nolan Footballer (1946)

‘I finished my painting of a footballer this morning and called Jim [the gardener at Heide] to have a look at it. He said it looked quite real, almost as if you were there, so it at least passed the …  More

BALENCIAGA Sandals 2007

Nicolas Ghesquière was creative director of French fashion house Balenciaga from 1997 to 2012, where he frequently used elements drawn from active sportswear. The inspiration for these sandals comes from snowboarding boots, their multicoloured components forming a detachable ‘cage’, and …  More

Jeff Wall Untangling (1994)

Jeff Wall is one of the most influential and outstanding photographers working today. He has frequently been described as a modern storyteller, and his work is shaped by a profound awareness of Western art and literature. Wall produced highly conceptual …  More

Gustave Caillebotte, The plain of Gennevilliers, yellow fields (La Plaine de Gennevilliers, champ jaunes) 1884

This painting belongs to a group of six radically simplified landscapes that Gustave Caillebotte created in 1884. These six canvases all depict the Gennevilliers plain adjacent to the artist’s property at Petit Gennevilliers. Situated on the banks of the Seine, …  More

J. M. W. TURNER Falls of Schaffhausen (Val d’Aosta) (c. 1845)

It is unknown whether this painting is a study of atmospheric effects, complete in itself, or a background field of colour and texture awaiting finishing touches. Turner regularly sent incomplete canvases to the Royal Academy or British Institution exhibitions, then …  More