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Jenny saville and the theatre of self-importance: Alexander Adams examines the reputation of one of the original young British artists

Most YBAs 404 Not Found achieved prominence by recasting genuine avant-garde art in a palatable commercial form, influenced

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by advertising and pop culture, and served up to a credulous public largely ignorant of the original sources of the art. (Something Julian Stallabrass discusses in his book High Art Lite.) Jenny Saville was seen
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as one exception by virtue of the facts she studied […]

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Radical Classicist: Alexander Adams visits the museum dedicated to Surrealist painter Paul Delvaux (1887-1994)

If you have heard of Belgian painter Paul Delvaux (1897-1994) then it is likely to have been in connection 404 Not Found with Surrealism. He

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gets
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a couple of illustrations in thematic surveys of Surrealism, rarely more. Unless you locate a specialist publication on the artist, it is hard to get an overview of his development. Delvaux is poorly represented in British public […]

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The Belgian Blake: Alexander Adams visits two little-known artist-museums in Brussels, the Musées Wiertz and Meunier

The house-museums of two Belgian masters of the 19th Century shed light on artistic and social concerns of the

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era. As case studies 404 Not Found they exemplify dominant thematic trends in both halves of that century – Romanticism in the first half and Realism in the second. Antoine
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Wiertz (1806-1865) was born to an impoverished family in Dinant, Wallonia (later Belgium). After […]