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Sunday Morning At Tate Britain...
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A gorgeous morning in London helenraven ws rte-visiting the Kenneth Clark show, and kindly invited me along on her members' ticket. I had wanted to see it, but wasn't expecting it to be as fascinating as it was. Just Clark's life was amazing enough...Priviledge beyond imagination, almost. His childhood involved having his portrait painted by well-known artists and getting a portfolio of Japanese prints for his twelfth birthday. Then there were the  elegant London flats,and  the country houses, all studded with major works of art. Whoa! Fair play to him, though, he used his money well,and bankrolled any number of fine artists.
There was a lot of stuff I'd never seen before, and, as helenraven  said, the twentieth century rooms were the most intriguing of all. I had actually never had much interest in Graham Sutherland, not being a particular fan of landscapes, his speciality. Looking at them up close, though, there are all manner of strange, semi-visible faces and forms. There's a definite Blake influence, and the spooky mining scenes seem to have a vaguely Wagnerian theme. My impression was of a really interesting mind at work, here.Great stuff. We did a quick turn around the folk art exhibit, as well. I took a couple of snaps, but a guard came up and said I hadn't oughta, before I captured my goal, a photo of the rosy-cheeked, mad-eyed (Thatcherlike, helenraven, suggested, very aptly) blonde figurehead. Damn, I can't believe they don't have a postcard of her. All in all, a morning very well spent.
I'd intended to exercise when I got home, but I've not been feeling well at all, since yesterday. Largely psychosomatic, I suppose, but my asthma's kicking up, my joint pain is worse than usual, and I feel queasy. Also, there were a lot of kids out in the park, and I didn't feel psychically strong enough to brave any mockery. I should have gone out early and done it all before the museum visit. My bad.
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