After Watteau’s Pleasures of Love (detail) – oil in wood panel.
What ho Watteau – after Stanely Spencer’s What ho Giotto – on learning he had the Sandham memorial chapel in Burghclere chapel to paint. The Pleasures of Lockdown, the russet coloured leaves. That earthy smell. The recapturing of something that in itself was a recapturing. We are always after the elusive, the unobtainable. Well at least I am.
Watteau was charged with revitalising the baroque.