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Self Portrait
© The Ruth Borchard Collection. Photo credit: Ruth Borchard Collection

Self Portrait c.1962

Bernard Dunstan (1920–2017)

The Ruth Borchard Collection

British painter, born in Teddington, Middlesex. He studied at the Byam *Shaw School of Art, 1939, and the *Slade School, 1939–41. His work is ‘mostly to do with figures in interiors: nudes particularly, but also musical subjects, scenes in galleries and so on; a few portraits; also townscapes, mostly Italian, and the odd landscape. I have always liked the French-English tradition of the 19th/20th century (pre-Cubist)…and have never felt a need to do anything different. The combination of everyday charm and solid painting—finding the colour and the pattern by observation—seems to me inexhaustible.’ He has had numerous one-man shows, notably a series at Roland, Browse & Delbanco (see Browse) between 1952 and 1972, and he has exhibited regularly at the *Royal Academy since 1945.

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)

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