30 Grey Gowrie’s favourite paint­ing

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The for­mer Min­is­ter for the Arts chooses a modern nude by Roger Hil­ton

Lord Gowrie has been Min­is­ter for the Arts, Chair­man of The Arts Coun­cil of Eng­land and Provost of The Royal Col­lege of Art I bought my first Hil­ton in 1961, as an un­der­grad­u­ate, and have owned more than 40 paintings, draw­ings and gouaches since. Age, mort­gages and so on have re­duced the num­ber, but quite a few are left. I never met Roger Hil­ton, but his widow, Rose, a mag­nif­i­cent painter her­self, now in her eight­ies, is a friend. She told me she made the mis­take of los­ing her tem­per with Roger– easy to do–while in the nude. The re­sult was this bal­letic joy, as if Matisse had gone to work on a lava­tory wall

Danc­ing Woman, 1963, by Roger Hil­ton CBE (1911–75), 60in by 50in, Scot­tish Na­tional Gallery of Modern Art, Ed­in­burgh

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