The Courtauld Gallery

A first proper visit since sixth form. Lots of very good stuff, particularly the Impressionists.
Quite a revelation, in my recognising for the first time, through looking at the Impressionists, how all artists construct what is always in some sense abstract form, using to greater or lesser degrees the visual world as a basis. Merely the selection of which view to paint is a decision of abstract form. With the move into Expressionism comes on the one hand a similar understanding of the visual world inspiring abstraction, but on the other a recognition of a turning-inwards of the artist’s eye to at the same time represent (express) the inner world of feeling. At this point it all got too complicated; I need to go back.

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