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The Eyes Have It

‘Portrait of an Artist’ is a major survey of 20th century British portraiture, which you can coo over at Newcastle’s Laing Art Gallery.

I’d rather look at a painting of a person’s face than any other subject I could name. People are by far the most interesting things I know and there’s a whole bunch of them at this far-reaching exhibition, which includes over 85 oil paintings, drawings and prints. It includes works from David Foggle (that’s his ‘Portrait of the Artist’s Future Wife’ – 1920 – pictured), Sir William Orpen, Hilda Carline, Evelyn Dunbar, Winifred Knights, William Roberts, and Gilbert Spencer – as well as a host of other modern British artists – and follows five themes: The Artist’s Studio, Self-Portraits, The Artist’s Entourage, Portraits of Artists by Artists, and Allegories of Creation. Although most of the exhibition is devoted to portraits and self-portraits, it will also offer us a glimpse into the studios, homes and landscapes of the artists and their sitters. GM

Portrait of an Artist, until 26 February, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle. laingartgallery.org.uk