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"Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake - Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956)"

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

El Greco...
On Saturday afternoon Paul and I mosied on down to the Sainsbury's Wing of the National Gallery to go and see the El Greco exhibition. Before getting there I knew nothing about El Greco (or Domenikos Theotokopoulos as he was known to his friends). And after leaving I'm not sure I know much more. But what I do know now is what a great artist he was. His use of perspective, light and photorealistic painting techniques make for a stunning body of work; huge paintings of what I can only describe as kinetic art propel the eye across the canvas and up into the heavens; really amazing, sweeping landscapes of Biblical scenes dramatically recreating heaven and hell on earth. His portraits are no less impressive - my two favourites being of A Lady In A Fur Wrap (very Alison Goldfrapp) and Fray Hortensio Felix Paravicino (very Dorian Gray). If you get the chance - go see.

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