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23rd February 2021

Chaïm Soutine: his best paintings

Soutine doesn’t get many large exhibitions. That is surprising – he painted “some of the most touching and unmistakable art of the early 20th century”. Sitting outside the major movements of 1920’s Paris, his claim to fame is the “unrestrained expression of emotion” in his works, achieved with “thick, squidgy, excited paint”. Plus, an attitude to his subjects that can only be described as hungry – “like an aphid sucking at a leaf”.