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My hit-list of exhibitions in London this Spring

There are so many good shows on this year in London, it’s hard to keep up and impossible to see everything. I’ve already seen the ‘Inventing Impressionism’ at the National Gallery which is really fabulous and exceeds expectations. However here’s my hit-list of exhibitions I want to see before the Summer holidays (ie when I have to drag my children with me!). This is in my order of priority.

1. John Singer Sargent at National Portrait Gallery

So Singer Sargent was the archetypal posh boy who knew everyone but, man, could he paint. He manages to make each brushstroke look effortless as though it just happened to land in the right place. Genius.

2. Dibenkorn at the Royal Academy

An under-rated American painter who’s work moves in and out of abstraction but is always beautiful.

3. Alexander McQueen at the V&A

If you are interested in fashion, this is one not to miss. It sounds quite debauched though, so definitely one for term time…

4. Eric Ravilious at Dulwich Picture Gallery

This WW2 watercolour artist’s work shows beauty in the unexpected.

John Singer Sargent’s portrait of Vernon Lee.



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