Yes, London again! To the Tate Modern and the Picasso exhibition and lunch there with a friend I’ve known for over 50 years! For those of you who haven’t yet visited this is the view from the 5th floor.
It’s free to enter, btw, and plenty to see without paying a thing. There all sorts of wonderful permanent displays of artists – Bridget Riley, Rothko, Miro for a start, but really too many to name. You want crazy modern? What about this one?
I love this!
But I’m sufficiently frivolous to have worried about what to wear as, although the UK has catapulted straight from winter to summer weather, the days are still not over-warm so I settled on a skirt with jacket and a couple of layers to discard if it warmed up, which of course it did. And here I am squinting in the sun!
Unlike some bloggers I don’t have a professional photographer so it’s either me taking selfies or Mr Frugalfashionshopper taking a quick outside shot, like this one.
That was such a posey shot, but it doesn’t quite work, with the wind catching my hair, and there it is, the only one we took. Because no, we don’t take 50 shots to get the right one! But you can see I wore my old charity shop jacket, ring and scarf, with a new Urban Outfitters top and a new skirt that actually wasn’t a charity shop find at all. Instead, it’s designed by Natalie Vleeschouwer and was bought at a pop-up shop in Brighton run by the_bias_cut.com (a pro-age online fashion boutique) and a lovely hatter called Joanna. And no, that’s not the hat I bought from her (you’ll see that another time) the one I’m wearing is from Peacocks and was bought at a reduced price of £3.00. So, quite a mix of old, thrifted, very cheap and one new and quite expensive item. Thing is, I buy new so rarely (and a designer piece maybe every other year) but sometimes a frock or a skirt just says to you, you have to get it – so I did!
But enough of the clothes, the Picasso 1932 exhibition was superb taking you through this one year of his life, and what a prolific year it was. I loved the subtle colours of this one.
And this. Picasso had a new muse and although she never posed for him, she was the inspiration for many of the paintings done that year.
And a pic of one of the rooms
How many times have you seen the one on the left below? It was the first time I’d seen it other than in books or magazines.
I love the vibrant colours.
There were 10 rooms full of his paintings done month by month. I’ve only given you a glimpse of the exhibition – do go if you can.
We saw this exhibition before lunch. After saying goodbye to our friends we thought we’d try another exhibition: Shape of Light. 100 years of Photography and Abstract Art. Here’s Mr Frugalfashionshopper looking at a very nice frame.
And here’s a Miro – I just love that painter.
The exhibition showed how both abstract artists and photographers have influenced each other.
It was great, but very soon, I felt exhibtioned-out and when I got to the last room, which had a moving abstract wall I felt quite faint and a bit woozy!
I recovered with a very large slice of cake and two cups of strong English Breakfast tea!
Off we went back home and with only one train cancelled we had a reasonable journey home although I have to say the new Thameslink trains have the least ergonomic seats I’ve ever sat on. Are they trying to tell you not to sit on them? Or, that if you haven’t got a seat it really doesn’t matter because they’re so uncomfortable anyway? Thing is we were not far from rush hour and by the time we got to half way home (East Croydon) the carriage was like a tin of sardines. At that station, I’m very proud to tell you my 70-year-old husband gave up his seat to a heavily-pregnant woman.
That’s all for now
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper
P.S. And sharing with:
Nancy at Nancy’s Fashion Style for Fancy Friday
Nicole of High Latitude Style for Top of the World Style link-up
Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb for her iwillwearwhatilike session
Judith of Style Crone and her #HatAttack