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19 November 2020

The Financial Times, reviewing the Wallis exhibition in Cambridge, said that he was a talisman for modernism in the 1930s and is suddenly an artist for this moment too – because his paintings offer 'the texture and sounds of the sea to confined landlocked audiences.' This is a bit far fetched! Though charming. But you could just as well say that the French Impressionists are the artists for the moment because they give us a glimpse of what we are denied. Nevertheless, Wallis is as appealing as ever and lockdown or no lockdown his work brings pleasure to us all.

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