ARTYFACTS: Rubens - National Gallery

Friday, January 12, 2007

Rubens - National Gallery

I seem to have seen so many Rubens paintings in galleries that they start to swim before my eyes. He really did pump them out. I can hterefore never really remember a series of outstanding Ruben's images in my mind's eye. They all merge into a cornucopia of plumpy flesh, blush, ruby-red nipples (he does these rather well). Everything is twisting and turning and people are in a constant state of undress. It may be because their faces are so lifeless - with Rubens it's all body, no head.


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