nN Friday, October 9, at Ii a.m..
Christies will auction 177 contemporary paintings for the Red Cross. Each of the paintings has been presented either by its owner or the artist. Christies' skilled services are free and the Earl of Derby is allowing the sale to take place in Derby House.
If the public plays the same gener•
011s part as the donors, the Red Cross
should he rewarded.
For the exhibition is a galaxy of stars, Wilson Steer. John, Sickert, Henry Moore. Picasso, Graham Sutherland, Nevinson. Ethel Walker, Paul Nash, Laura Knight, Matthew Smith, John Piper. Henry Lamb. Frances Hodgkins, Epstein. Gaugin, Renoir, Rouault. Brangwyn . . everyone is represented and every school has its best exponent. There is such variety and such virtuosity in this collection that it is hard to select any picture for special comment above another.
Epstein's fantastic canvas of Epping, as highly coloured and massive as any tropical forest, throws light on his enlarging imaginative powers. If he magnifies the qualities of his models as he has magnified Epping. it is not surprising that their representation appears so often much more magnifi
cent, much " greater than themselves. Sicked_ is in his wickedest mood in " The Prevaricator," Frances Hodgkins more merry even than usual in her lighthearted " Tractor and Waggon," and Matthew Smith's portrait of a girl is hauntingly intense. flamboyant and brooding.
For a cross section of solid British art come and see these pictures. They are worthy of a longer hanging than the few weeks that precede the salt. Experiments in surrealism and abstract works have been excluded (whether by accident or chance, I know not). but the main current of
British painting flows strongly through this channel.
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