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The Paintings of Bernard Dunstan Paperback – 25 Apr 2006
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About the Author
Bernard Dunstan was elected a member of the New English Art Club in 1946; to the Royal West of England Academy 1949 (President 1979); an Associate of the Royal Academy 1959 and full Royal Academician in 1968. His works hang in public and private collections worldwide. He lives in London.
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Looking at this book I see that I can learn more. One illustration; 'Venice, the Arsenale' 81/2" x10''is worth the price of the book alone. Economy of means, drawing and atmosphere together make this an accomplished work. Perhaps I too am getting better, if so I would be very happy to paint such a picture and bring with it a sense of place and the joy of having looked and created. In my way and through his teaching and those like him ; I am part of a great tradition. If you are like me you will want this book.
Dunstan epitomises the 'approved' art student - the one that thinks Cezanne really could paint - and churns out painting after painting in that derivative fashion, never finding his own voice, being content to do tired impersonations.Indeed,if you take Sickert and Bonnard out of Dunstan you're left with not much more than a blank canvas. Not that there's anything wrong with this - not every artist is blessed with the neurotic incisiveness to lift his work above the mundane. The wonder is that Dunstan has been knocking out these daubs for £4G or more a pop for the best part of a century without any hint of growth or development.
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