On Nov. 12, 2013, Christie’s New York sold Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud ” (1969) for $142.4 million.
In 1942, which is roughly when Martin Gayford’s capacious new survey of postwar art begins, London was partially in ruins, many of its streets reduced to piles of rubble and buc
At the end of the Second World War British art was, if not quite in a parlous state, at least in a parochial one.
Martin Gayford has been talking with artists for 30 years.
This is an important, authoritative work of art criticism that recognises schools of painters, yet displays the superior distinctions of individual geniuses.
It is hard to recall just how blasted postwar London was.
If you haven’t got a penis, Roger Hilton informed Gillian Ayres, you can’t be a painter. Simple as that.