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Tubby Isaacs
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Who's that funny yellow chap with what looks like red shades and a big smile? I know I shouldn't be bothered that I don't get everything in a Picasso but still.

Christopher Nevinson is a favourite of quite a few people here, I think. Here's "French Troops Resting". He's perhaps usually associated with movement but his Cubist-lite style works very well here, real sense of dehumanisation, and an effective pallet:

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Who's that funny yellow chap with what looks like red shades and a big smile? I know I shouldn't be bothered that I don't get everything in a Picasso but still.

According to John Richardson it's Mithra: — god of light and wisdom. He, and other art historians, have spent a good deal of time trying to identify all the characters, and even wondering whether the painting is in fact a crucifixion at all (Anthony Blunt thought it was a deposition.) Of course Picasso wasn't going to say anything (beyond calling the gamblers at the bottom right "art-dealers.") I'm beginning to believe he created this kind of large scale iconographical work just to take the piss out of academics and critics — he disliked the curatoriat almost as much as dealers — but then, of course, there's the tear-your-guts-apart power of Guernica...

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Ah cheers.

I've not really got into Anthony Blunt yet. His prose seems surprisingly dry- surprising in terms of the stereotypes I put in my own mind about him, anyway.

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I've never read any of his stuff but he's cited a lot. I find it hard to see his name without instantly being reminded of his other career.

Here's another Crucifixion by P.P.:

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Based on the centre panel of Grünewald's Isenheim altar-piece:

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I've been driving myself slightly mad trying to see what Picasso reimagined from the Grünewald. Until now I'd never really looked at his "bone" period/style stuff, but I'm finding it appeals to me a lot. There's a real comic-book feel to a good deal of it. In the engraving above there's supposedly a safety-pin holding up Christ's loincloth, but I can't find it. 'Course I can't find Christ either if it comes to that.

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Sculptor Cal Lane does some great things out of ordinary metalic objects:

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Sculpture from metal can:
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http://www.callane.com/works.html

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