WhatfettleGuston & Vuilliard

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An impromtu visit to the RA to see the Vuilliard and Philip Guston exhibitions.

The Vuillard was excellent. Jane explained how his early compositions were inspired by photography. I thought that was certainly true of the lighting in which figures were silhoutted against a bright background:

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Jed was inspired by a later Vuillard portriat. His “Lazy Dentist” relaxes (union jack in hand) whilst his robot goes to work on one of his NHS patients. Patent pending!

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Not to be left out, i had a crack at a copying a painting we decided looked like “Phoebe and Grandad”:

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The Guston exhibition was less fun, though Jed decided the menacing “hoods” were probably “nice” since they liked painting themselves and “only nice people paint”:

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Lucy wondered if some of his cartoon like figures were based on Nixon. This seems very likely:

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On the way back Lucy asked Phoebe (3) if she had liked the pictures: “yes, but i don’t want to go back there again!”

Links:
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