So I Sat Down Beside Her and All We Did Was Talk

  • Medium: Oil on Linen
  • Size: 48″ x 39″
  • Date: 18 June, 2013
  • Frame: no
  • Shipping container: box


Here I wanted to use Manet’s Olympia in an English landscape. I imagined coming across this beautiful woman while I was on an evening stroll down a country lane. The lane actually exists in East Sussex though Olympia isn’t usually to be found there.

I chose Manet’s Olympia because it’s a beautiful painting and I have admired it since I was a student at Camberwell School of Art back in the 1950s. Manet is one of the artists we studied and I include many of those Art History images, in what I call my ‘Art History’ paintings.

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