Sir George Clausen, "Brown Eyes" (1891) (Tate Britain, 13 July 2014) This is a portrait of a local girl from the village of Cookham in Berkshire, where the artist was living in 1891. Clausen started painting open-air ‘rural naturalist’ subjects from 1880, in imitation of the French painter Jules Bastien-Lepage. The delicate play of light across the model’s features, together with the flicked Impressionist brushwork in the background, suggest both the freshness and ephemerality of youth.
Dame Barbara Hepworth Pelagos 1946. I love Barbara Hepworth's work. It has a modern timeless quality and easily stands the test of time. After visiting her house in St Ives, her garden gives an insight into the structural form that she so loved and perhaps drew inspiration from. I think she would have loved how the bamboo in her garden has matured.