Art: Blossoming Career

"In the 19th Century it was French painters who created painting, in the beginning of the 20th Century it was Spanish painters who created painting and now towards the middle of the 20th Century it is an Englishman who is creating the important painting of his time."

The late Gertrude Stein was talking (in 1939) about a dapper British baronet who also happened to be an artist and close friend of hers: Sir Francis Cyril Rose. Coming from the shrewd old observer who had "discovered" Picasso, Stein's praise was a big boost for Rose's last...

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