Art: Thorns

British Painter Graham Sutherland divides his time and affections between the green downs of Kent and the blue sweep of the Riviera. His paintings have the neatness of one and the brightness of the other. For all that, no one would describe wan, sociable Graham Sutherland's pictures as "nice." He paints twisted roots, withered brambles and bits of sea wrack in a way that makes them look like people in torment.

The emotional impact of Sutherland's cruelly cut and gnarled shapes has already made his pictures the talk of London's avantgarde. Last week U.S....

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