PAINT­ING IS NOT JUST A MAT­TER OF RE­CEP­TIV­ITY AND SEN­SI­BIL­ITY

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Visual Arts -

crit­i­cism to say th­ese stud­ies are live­lier than most of the fin­ished paint­ings on the walls, for this was a reg­u­lar mod­ernist com­plaint about such masters as Jean-Bap­tiste-Camille Corot and John Con­sta­ble. But the ob­jec­tion in th­ese cases was to the al­leged ar­ti­fi­cial­ity and con­ven­tion­al­ity in­tro­duced in the tran­si­tion from study to ex­hi­bi­tion pic­ture, the ca­su­al­ness of the for­mer be­ing more con­ge­nial to mod­ernist taste. Here, though, it is rather a dif­fer­ent mat­ter: the prob­lem lies not so much in the gra­tu­itous im­po­si­tion of com­po­si­tional struc­ture as the lack of such a struc­ture.

But even be­fore we come to this spe­cific ques­tion, there is a cer­tain want of rigour in Piguenit’s vi­sion. For all his love of the grand and sub­lime spec­ta­cle of wild na­ture, he lacks

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