The Easel

What makes British art British?

Is art universal or local? A noted art critic opts for the latter. Since Tudor England, there has been a “lack of aesthetic ambition”. Rather, what emerged from about 1700 was a “British empiricism”, based on “a passion for truth”. This idea seems in good health, the art of Freud, Auerbach and Hockney all being based on a “raw, tough, empirical eye”. An unexpected thought from Brexit-befuddled Britain.