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Who was Cassandra?

  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.


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May 05, 2014


I came here from the link to this post on Facebook where the featured image is the second from the end, the black bird against a blue sky, and I came because I thought - goodness! Peter Doig is obviously channeling George Braque! (See, eg, But reading your text is it possible that the picture is actually *by* Braque, and in the permanent collection?

Thanks for a thoughtful and thought-provoking review. It might just be worth going to Edinburgh to see it when it comes this way.

Wow, that Braque is pretty close, isn't it? I went back and checked the label, which shows in my photo, and it's definitely by Doig. Perhaps another example of his work being pretty derivative.

Give a Doig a bad name... I responded positively immediately but, like you, felt baffled. So many sub-styles, if not styles in their own right. I must bear "derivative" in mind; once used need one say anything more?

I enjoyed the show very much, moved and challenged by some of the paintings (especially "Music of the Future") and engaged by others, which is no small feat. (There are misses in every exhibition.) "Derivative" seems like harsh charge; who has not seen and absorbed others' work? Who stands alone? I admired the way he works with paint, pulsating shifting, opaque and transparent.

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