|The National Gallery, London // Photo by Raffa DS Photography|
Richard Dorment, The Daily Telegraph, December 16, 2015
From the weightless shapes of Kazimir Malevich to the great, late works of Matisse, Richard Dorment picks his top five shows.
1. Matisse: The Cut-Outs, Tate Modern
Using the simple technique of cutting and pasting pre-painted paper, this glorious show confirmed what we had only suspected: that these late works were among a great artist's most transcendent creations.
2. Rembrandt: The Late Works, National Gallery
Pictures of such daring, originality and technical complexity that they defeat attempts to say in words why they tell us so much about ourselves- including those things we'd rather not know.
3. Malevich, Tate Modern
Weightless squares, circles and rectangles lightly hovering over a white or light grey ground changed forever our definition of art.
4. Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice, National Gallery
Bare flesh touched by soft fur, luminous silk and lustrous pearls from the elusive Renaissance master.
5. The First Georgians, Queen's Gallery
Though they conspicuously lacked the glamour of the Stuarts, the early Hanoverians knew that Kings needed to create interiors of the utmost splendour by collecting paintings, sculpture and furniture.
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