Thursday, March 09, 2017

The art that chimes

This morning I read in an article in the Guardian newspaper that there is to be an exhibition of Paula Rego's pastels, and also a film about her on the BBC (25 March).  I find Rego's works powerfully moving, and I found myself thinking that of all painters she probably respresents most closely what I feel / think / experience.
Paula Rego: The Policeman's Daughter 1987 (the first of her paintings I encountered - image from here)
I had recently had a conversation about styles of writing, and had said that the author who made me feel most myself when reading her work is Patricia Highsmith. Or, at least if I could write fiction, I would wish to be able to write like her.
Paula Rego: Scarecrow
I admire a wide range of artists and their works - moving, inspiring, thought-provoking, informative, exciting, disturbing, ... as they might be.  But some few artists just set up powerful vibrations which chime with my own bones - like Rego and Highsmith.  In sculpture it would be Henry Moore, but I would use Elizabeth Frink's means of making: building up rather than cutting away.
Henry Moore: Draped seated figure


  1. I read the article too, Olga, and look forward to the exhibition and watching the film. She is such a powerful artist.

    I just bought The Crime Writer by Jill Dawson, which is about Patricia Highsmith, about the time in her life when she wrote Carol. You're probably aware of the novel, but I thought I would mention it.

    1. As you guessed, Eirene, I noticed Jill Dawson's book and made a mental note. It's way down the list, however, as I have read biographies of Highsmith, and it's her own writing which so enthrals me.