#ArtWords: Gestural is a term used to describe the application of paint in free sweeping gestures with a brush.
Ayres aimed to balance the different elements of her paintings 'so that nothing is more important than anything else.' Gillian Ayres OBE, Distillation, 1957, Tate collection.
L.S. Lowry, The Old House, Grove Street, Salford 1948, Tate collection
A distinctive characteristic of Lowry's work is his use of a white background & the elimination of shadows which gives his works a naive & dreamlike quality.
This painting took Khakhar five months to complete and he later revealed that the naked male figure was himself and that this piece represented his coming-out as a gay man.
The title suggests the difficulties Khakhar faced at the time and a sense of defiance in the face of this.
Bhupen Khakhar, You Can’t Please All 1981, Tate collection.
If you're planning to send cards this Christmas, have a look at our festive selection in Tate Shop by clicking the link in our bio.
Camille Pissarro, Fox Hill, Upper Norwood 1870, on display at Tate Britain.
#ArtWords: Relational Aesthetics is a term created by curator Nicholas Bourriaud in the 1990s to describe art based on, or inspired by, human relations and their social context.
Hyundai Commission One, Two, Three, Swing! by SUPERFLEX fills Tate Modern's #TurbineHall until 2 April 2018.
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Share your festive lights with us with the hashtag #TateLights and we'll pick our favourite to light up our Instagram feed on Christmas Day!
Home for Christmas, Alan Kane 2017. Lighting up Tate Britain until 6 January 2018.
Photo: Joe Humphrys
Happy birthday Lucian Freud, born #onthisday in 1922.
Lucian Freud's self portrait will be on display in Tate Britain's upcoming exhibition: #AllTooHuman: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life, opening 28 February 2018. Book tickets by clicking the link in our bio.
Lucian Freud Man's Head (Self-Portrait I) 1972-1973 Whitworth Art Gallery The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images
Between the Two My Heart is Balanced, 1991, portrays the struggles for identity and belonging faced by migrants travelling across oceans and seas.
See this painting at @tatestives in the Modern Art & St Ives Display Room.