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In the second part of my review of English art I will now consider the influence of Vanessa Bell who Frances Spalding considers in her commentary.

”   Having previously confirmed herself chiefly to portraits and still- life’s she (Bell) now painted the arbitrary configurations created by for example ‘a street corner conversation or figures on a beach”. [1].

” An important influence on this period was Degas who surprisingly was not represented in either of the two (Post- Impressionist) exhibitions”. [2].

What Spalding fails to understand is that Edgar Degas was not a Post-Impressionists but an Impressionist. There was a marked difference between Impressionism and post-Impressionism if you study the works of Seurat , Signac and Van Gogh, the application of paint , the scientific application of  the Iconography.

” It was Degas’s example that taught Sickert always to look for the unconventional in a pose or setting inn order…

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