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  • 16 July 2022 - 31 July 2022
  • St Andrew's Church, Meeting Room & Gardens, Holt, Norfolk NR25 6EZ
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Craxton-Picasso celebrates the centenary of John Craxton, pairing his pictures with Picasso ceramics, and previously unseen works by mould-breaking artists in Craxton’s circle.

The exhibition has been curated by James Glennie for Holt Festival 2022 and includes original works, many never previously or rarely shown, by John Craxton, Pablo Picasso (ceramics), Lucian Freud, Henry Moore, John Piper, Graham Sutherland, Alberto Giacometti, Niko Ghika, John Banting, Julian Trevelyan, Mary Fedden, Christopher Wood, Eduardo Paolozzi, Jacob Epstein, Isabel Rawsthorne and photographs by Joan Leigh Fermor.

John Craxton (1922-2009) was one of the great hopes of modern painting. Influenced by William Blake and Samuel Palmer, he was a youthful star of the neo-romantic movement of the 1940s.

An early encounter with Picasso’s Guernica and later Night Fishing in Antibes –would have the biggest impact on John Craxton “From Picasso I took danger. He made you walk a tightrope. He made you relook at nature and rethink what painting should be.

There is little doubt that had Craxton not chosen to escape to Greece, where he spent much of his life, we would be more familiar with his work, but it may never have shone with the Aegean light and people, which we now enjoy so much.

At John Craxton’s Memorial service, towards the end of his address Sir David Attenborough said….

“One of my great pleasures in life was to be taken by John to his favourite harbour-side restaurant on Crete and be given a dish of boiled sea creatures which even I, who am supposed to have some knowledge of the animal kingdom, found hard to identify”

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