Beiramar XX, session 9, 6pm, oil on card, 12 x 9 cm
Beiramar XX, session 9, 6pm, oil on card, 12 x 8.5 cm
Torrential rain here. Painted in the car.
The effect is remisicant of Ivon Hitchens think, a painter whose work I like, but sometimes find a little facile, a little too charming and English.
On this matter, here is Anthony Blanche in Waugh`s Brideshad Revisited criticising Charles Ryder`s Latin American pictures:
It was charm again, my dear, simple, creamy English charm, playing tigers…. I was right years ago… when I warned you. I took you out to dinner to warn you of charm…. Charm is the great English blight. It does not exist outside of these damp islands. It spots and kills anything it touches. It kills love; it kills art; I greatly fear, my dear Charles, it has killed you.
A similiar idea is sustained in Pevsner`s 1955, The Englishness of English Art.