Monday, back in London and went straight to the studio to try to make sense of the St Hilda’s piece …
which developed a shape of sorts. Read more about Arshile Gorky, who was a methodical and organised worker in the studio and worked out eventually (from Manet’s open-handling combined with high key tone?) that the figures in the painting need to be tonally clear and that I need to return to my drawings at St. Hilda’s East and add tone and more directional poses ….
Had time to wander up Cork Street before the RA Schools Life Class and found a wee Schwitters show at Bernard Jacobson, which was very helpful and rather moving. He was virtually penniless in the last years of his life and even relied on hand-outs from shopkeepers in Cumbria of wrapping paper and other things too – forgive the ropey photographs:
Then life class, with a powerful male model, who I must paint tomorrow: