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20 December 1990
From Early Life 
by William Cooper.
Macmillan, 180 pp., £13.95, August 1990, 0 333 52367 9
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Son of Adam 
by Denis Forman.
Deutsch, 201 pp., £12.99, September 1990, 9780233985930
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A Welsh Childhood 
by Alice Thomas Ellis and Patrick Sutherland.
Joseph, 186 pp., £15.99, September 1990, 0 7181 3292 0
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Alarms and Excursions: Thirty Years in Israel 
by Naomi Shepherd.
Collins, 220 pp., £16, August 1990, 0 00 215333 5
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Birds of Ill Omen 
by Marie Seurat, translated by Dorothy Blair.
Quartet, 168 pp., £10.95, September 1990, 0 7043 2694 9
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... occasioning a breach with his patriotic, soldierly father. It is during this latter period of her story that her account becomes most compelling, with its blend of personal and political history. MarieSeurat’s memoir of the Middle East reads, inappropriately, like a dandified French novel, from the days of Cocteau and Gide, wilful and impressionistic. She is not a professional writer and ...

Journey to Arezzo

Nicholas Penny: The Apotheosis of Piero

17 April 2003
Piero della Francesca 
by Roberto Longhi, translated by David Tabbat.
Sheep Meadow, 364 pp., £32.50, September 2002, 1 878818 77 5
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... of painters. Two major exhibitions mounted by the Art Gallery of Ontario in 1975 and by the Palazzo Grassi in Venice a couple of years ago predictably explored the debt to Puvis owed by Gauguin, Seurat, Denis, Vuillard and Picasso. But it is in the work of his more orthodox imitators and followers all over Europe and the United States in the first two decades of the 20th century that we find the ...

At Tate Britain (2)

Rosemary Hill: Kenneth Clark

2 July 2014
... must create its own structure and argument. A broadly biographical arrangement sweeps, as did Clark’s career, through the heart of the 20th century. ‘The Forest at Pontaubert’ by Georges Seurat (1881). Pair of white busts of Mongolians by the Bow factory (c.1750). ‘Portrait of Lord Clark as a young boy’ by Charles Sims (c.1911). ‘The Black Cape’ by Aubrey Beardsley (1894). ‘The ...

At the Fondation Louis Vuitton

Julian Barnes: The Shchukin Collection

19 January 2017
... small, quiet collage Composition with Sliced Pear (1913), the last Picasso Shchukin bought (small is often more convincing with Picasso); or Douanier Rousseau’s double portrait of Apollinaire and Marie Laurencin, comic and touching in its monumentality; or Gauguin’s wonderfully floppy, down-at-heel Sunflowers of 1901, which can’t help but read as a reference to Van Gogh – and which also ...

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