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Postcards I have added to my collection over the past six months.

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A miniature print of Messiah (1919) by Ernst Neuschul, an Austrian born painter associated with the New Objectivity movement. I purchased this from the New Walk Museum in Leicester, which holds many German Expressionist works – and those of a similar ilk – which I will write about in the near future. You cannot help but be pulled into this image, which is so unflinching and unapologetic. The figure reminds me of the singer Richard Hell.

 

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This is from a box of postcards of Penguin Classic covers, which I was able to purchase singly from Oxfam Books and Music. The novel is The Drowned World by JG Ballard. Ballard’s novels are mainly dystopian in style, his most famous works being Crash and Empire of the Sun. I haven’t read The Drowned World (yet), although I have read others of his, but the submerged image of the Chrysler building, combined with the strong colours, really spoke to me.

 

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I received this in the mail around a month ago. How exciting it was to receive. My friend was on holiday in Scotland and sent me this postcard of John Byrne’s Jock and the Tiger Cat (1968). It is from the Perth Museum and Art Gallery, where the painting is currently held. Byrne is a Scottish playwright and artist, probably most known for the television series Tutti Frutti starring Robbie Coltrane and Emma Thompson.

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The funfair is something I’ve spoken about a few times on this blog, so adding this image to my collection isn’t a great surprise. I like that the shot is slightly out of focus, connoting movement, that the top of the image almost looks tarnished, and the soft natural haze mingling with the neon lights. It reminds me of Coney Island.

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Whilst on a recent trip to Dublin, I stopped at the National Gallery of Ireland for a look at their current exhibition, Lines of Vision, curated to celebrate 150 years of the gallery. I purchased this postcard of a painting I was drawn to in the collection entitled Moonlight (1926) by Paul Henry. Henry was born in Belfast and was particularly fond of the West coast of Ireland, where he spent a great deal of time painting landscapes. I liked the simplicity of the work, and on a personal note it reminded me of sailing to Norway last year.

My second day included my second museum – the Museum of Modern Art aka MoMA. As an admirer of Expressionism I was looking forward to this visit. The experience was enjoyable and I saw some very famous works such as ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch and ‘Starry Night’ (which was a lot smaller than I had envisioned) by Vincent van Gogh, as well as works by Jackson Pollock and a couple of Dali and Picasso pieces. On a personal note, I would have liked to have seen some German Expressionism on display.

As the weather cooled I walked back to my hotel via Times Square, which is how I imagine an acid trip to feel like, and stopped outside the Chrysler Building for photographs to add to my deco collection. The skyscraper is very impressive, complete with gargoyles and an ornate spire. Built around the same time as the Empire State Building, it sadly has no observation deck.
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After a break, I boarded an Amtrak train to Newark for an NHL match between the Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils. Tickets for Madison Square Garden teams can be pricey and difficult to obtain, however, my boyfriend being a Boston fan meant that Newark was always on the cards.
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At the Prudential Center we watched the Bruins beat the Devils in a closely fought match (sans fist fights but with one concussion) joined by 17,000 fans before being utterly drenched during a thunderstorm en route back to New York. Outside Penn Station we did get to see a fist fight between two cab drivers, which was quite unexpected.