Tuesday, April 01, 2008

From Russia

Surfer and I recently went along to see this exhibition at the Royal Academy which features old master paintings from France and Russia borrowed from the great collections of Moscow and St Petersburg...some of which I think I remember seeing on my gallery tours there in '84 and '85.

Amongst the headline canvasses were Picasso's Dryad (1908) Matisse's The Dance (1910) and Kandinsky's Composition VII (1913), but Surfer and I were both particularly taken aback by Pyotr Miturich's rather timeless portrait (see here) of the composer Arthur Lourié (1915) which could be of any more modern self-regarding Chelsea fogey.

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