n°235/ Visual Shop Talk

August 2016

by Nathalie Azoulai

The so-called Painters’ Paintings exhibit taking place till September, 4, at the National Gallery of London, stands for a real artistic master class showing Matisse’s admiration for Cézanne, Degas’s for Sisley or Reynolds’s for Gainsborough. From Bellini to Freud, the painters buy or are given paintings by other painters, hold them on their walls and gaze at them on a daily basis, practicing a kind of visual shop talk. Till comes the day when those personal belongings reach museum galleries and blow away those intimate confabulations.

 Anthony Van Dyck

 George Frederic Watts

 Thomas Lawrence

 Lucian Freud