Turner Inspired

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For over a hundred years now the paintings of William Turner have been inextricably linked to those of Claude Gellée. Not only was Turner inspired by the landscapes of Claude, but is reputed to have burst into tears on his first viewing of Claude's Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba, 1648. Something... Read more »

David Hockney

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David Hockney's latest exhibition, A Bigger Picture, is the culmination of a life-long obsession with perspective and the art of looking. Hockney has long argued against the “tyranny of a single point of perspective” which has dominated several centuries of Western landscape painting.  In response he has sought to distort perspective, or with his photomontages has... Read more »

Lucian Freud

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I was not surprised to learn that as a boy, Lucian Freud was expelled from school for dropping his trousers in public. It seems to me that he has been doing this ever since and saying ‘look if you want to – or walk away – this is me take it or leave it.’ Thankfully... Read more »