Art: Say It with Thorns

ENGLAND'S most honored living painter is half a century old this summer, and basking in the rays of glory reflected from a big retrospective show at London's Tate Gallery. In the exhibition catalogue, two of his country's leading critics pay him extraordinary homage. Artist Graham Sutherland, says Sir Kenneth Clark, is "the outstanding English painter of his generation, and in the last 12 years has had a dominant influence on younger artists." Sir Herbert Read goes even further: "Sutherland is possibly the first English painter since Turner who has been bold enough to take up an independent position as an artist,...

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