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If you like the work, you must belong. While I was looking at the show, a gallery representative was having an animated conversation with a young potential client.
When offered a Nerdrum that portrayed a mother and child, he responded that if he would were to buy something, it would need to be more "difficult. The violence in shit rock оргия праведников Sopranos" is graphic and edgy, but we will not be seeing shitting women on any network soon. Every Nerdrum figure, from the babies swaddled in hides to the tribal elders appear unmodified, except by weather and nature. Nerdrum grinds and mixes his own oil colors, and has a Rembrandtian range of textures, glazes and effects.
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Goya had lived through revolution, illness and war, and his dark vision was personal and deeply embedded.
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