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The Mystery of Appearance: Michael Andrews

I’ve saved my favourite til last! I looked at this painting for the longest. It’s called ‘The Lord Mayor’s Reception in Norwich Castle Keep, On the Eve of the Installation of the First Chancellor of the University of East Anglia’. That’s three ‘of the’s! You can see the entire painting below. Continue reading

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The Mystery of Appearance: William Coldstream

I’d never seen William Coldstream’s work before (at least I can’t remember seeing it). When I saw this, I asked myself why might the painter have put on those reddish brown blemishes on the girl’s body. Perhaps it was because it made it look a bit like a very old painting? Perhaps they were actual blemishes on the body? It seemed unlikely. Continue reading

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The Mystery of Appearance: Lucian Freud

What I like about this one is her big bottom for her frame and the heaviness of the limbs. I wish I knew how to paint like that. Continue reading

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The Mystery of Appearance: Leon Kossoff

This is the one I disliked the most at the Mystery of Appearance at the Haunch of Venison. In fact, it was the only one I really disliked, indifference is much more likely. Continue reading

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The Mystery of Appearance: David Hockney

At first glance this image didn’t interest me. It doesn’t really appeal to me on an aesthetic level. However it is a bit unusual to see completely different styles in the same picture – to an amusing extent. So I loved the title for this one. Continue reading

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The Mystery of Appearance: Euan Uglow

When I first looked at this I struggled to understand why it was special. Then I realised that these were round objects but painted in blocks of colour without any gradual blending of on colour into another. Continue reading

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The Mystery of Appearance: Patrick Caulfield

Paul Caulfield brings a vibrancy to this painting that Adobe Illustrator could never achieve. This painting from 1967 depicts a graphic aesthetic that you can still see being produced today. Notice the brush strokes in the image below. Continue reading

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