Prunella Clough: 1919-1999: Seeing the World Sideways (Prunella Clough at Olympia) (Biography) Prunella Clough: 1919-1999: Seeing the World Sideways (Prunella Clough at Olympia) (Biography)

Prunella Clough: 1919-1999: Seeing the World Sideways (Prunella Clough at Olympia) (Biography‪)‬

Apollo 2004, Feb, 159, 504

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That Prunella Clough is not a household name is surprising. Since the forties the critics have lavished praise on her work, usually writing at length, for her art requires thought and understanding. Her lack of fame was on her part deliberate. She guarded her privacy in public and in private. The critic Richard Dorment wrote: 'Clough doesn't fit into the museum or gallery culture that produces celebrity artists such as Bridget Riley, Lucian Freud and Howard Hodgkin. In part this is because Clough puts so little of her own ego into her pictures.' Dorment recognised the artist is one among the giants of her time and is right to suggest that Miss Clough was not suitable to be a celebrity. However, to say that her ego, her conscious thinking sell is little in her work is misleading. Her work is fascinating because it is permeated by the artist's subtlety of thoughtful visual exploration. Not all, but many of the most expressive paintings are drenched, even scarred, with the remains of second, third and fourth thoughts. The pentimenti, the multiple corrections, are evidence that an image which appears spontaneous was achieved via a series of minor and major adjustments. Often a work's sense of immediacy is deceptive; the painstaking development, altering and placing of marks, the almost haphazard and fanciful positioning of colour, may suggest the random, but contrary-wise it proves lengthy deliberation, repentance and finally acceptance or resignation.

GENRE
Arts & Entertainment
RELEASED
2004
1 February
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
9
Pages
PUBLISHER
Apollo Magazine Ltd.
SIZE
177.6
KB

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