Thursday, July 26, 2007
Yesterday we also saw a great show at the Kimbell called The Mirror and the Mask:Portraiture in the Age of Picasso.
This show included my favorite Lucian Freud painting, Girl with a White Dog. It also gave me the chance to see my first paintings "in the flesh" by Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff.
I had just bought a second hand book of Stanley Spencer a few days before and was fortunate to see three good sized works by him; one of which was Self-Portrait with Patricia Preece, 1936. I've always liked Spencer's masochistic "naked portraits" of Patricia much better than the stylized work for which he is better known.
This show also included work by many German Expressionists, Francis Bacon, and some fine Classical Period pieces by Picasso (mainly portraits of Olga)and portraits of Dora Maar, and Fernande Olivier.