The Easel

15th May 2018

The Vulnerable Ferocity of Chaim Soutine

When it comes to Soutine the real attention grabber is his use of paint. One critic described it as trying to “turn the substance of the world into thick, squidgy, excited paint”. Thoroughly modern, but not easily categorised, Soutine is widely influential among artists but lacks public recognition. Hold the art theory suggests the writer, “only look”. More images are here

Per Kirkeby, Pioneering Neo-Expressionist Painter, Dies at 79

Kirkeby came to prominence in the 1980’s when, together with German expressionists such as Baselitz, he helped revitalize painting. His works reflected the naturalist traditions of Nordic art and an early career dalliance with geology. One critic writes that Kirkeby “achieve[d] what many post-war painters have tried, coaxing abstraction and representation into uneasy but perpetual balance.”