Tate Britain Greatest Hits, Winter 2018/19

Peter Blake

A recent wander round Tate Britain led to me snapping some of my favourite paintings there. Like the above, Peter Blake's Self-Portrait With Badges from 1961. The whole painting is wonderful and painted with a variety of techniques and to varying levels of finish. Peter Blake turned the act of slacking-off three quarters of the way through a painting into an art.

 

David Bomberg

David Bomberg's Bomb Store from 1942, painted while serving as a war artist, is crammed with the forceful chunkiness that's in all his best work.

 

Charles Ginner

Charles Ginner's Piccadilly Circus from 1912, which is as flat as a Paint By Numbers kit and all the more charming for it.

 

Malcolm Drummond

Here's another Camden Town Group member doing his Post-Impressionist thing: Malcolm Drummond's Girl With Palmettes from 1914. Flat areas of colour, a nice subtle arrangement of complementaries, all good.

 

Graham Sutherland

Another War Artist piece. Graham Sutherland's Feeding A Steel Furnace from 1941-2. That pink, yellow, orange and black combination comes up again and again in immediate post-War art. Sutherland used it, Bacon used it a lot until he hit the '60s and whacked up the saturation levels on everything.

 

Victor Pasmore

Victor Pasmore, The Hanging Gardens of Hammersmith, No. 1 from 1944-7. It's not often you get early Mondrian and late Seurat in the same painting. Bonus.

 

John Bratby

John Bratby's Still Life With Chip Frier, 1954. Bratby's simple drawing technique in paint is always a winner, even when it isn't. And you can just smell Albert Finney and Tom Courtney standing just out of shot. Aye.

John Bratby