Grey Gardens

Grosvenor Gardens, London by Robert T. Blayney (LEO Design)

Sadly, this year's travel plans have been supplanted with overdue home projects, including the hanging and cataloging of my personal collection of paintings and other artwork.  So this summer, in lieu of an overseas getaway, I could only gaze wistfully at framed pictures as I hung them—many of them reminding me of my favorite travel destinations (and vacations gone by).  Let me share a few of them with you.  Alas, this shall be the extent of my romantic journeys for Summer 2020.  On the whole, I have little to complain of.  In the meantime, I'll enjoy a few more "little journeys,' gazing at my pictures of my favorite places.

Grosvenor Gardens is formed by two triangular parks—each pointing towards the other—intersected by two roads, each also called Grosvenor Gardens.   It is located in the Belgravia section of London, built in the early 1800's as upscale housing for the wealthy and upper middle classes.  Belgravia is still a posh neighborhood, dotted with smart shops and restaurants.

This picture was painted by British artist Robert T. Blayney (1929-2016) around 1950.  Despite its modern spontaneity, the subject matter and dour colors give it a timeless propriety.  But there is also a little fun to be gleaned in the viewing; I see a touch of Charles Addams in the composition and almost-eerie brushwork.  We do not have that many Mid-Century paintings; this one sits beautifully with our older works.  


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