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Artist Spotlight : Alexander Goudie

Alexander Goudie (1933-2004) holds a place in Art History as ‘one of Scotland’s finest figurative painters.’ A member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Goudie’s diverse oeuvre shows that throughout his artistic career he mastered many subjects and media in his signature loose and colourful style.

 

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In April 2016 Mall Galleries held a retrospective exhibition of Goudie’s work, including numerous portraits, still life pieces, landscapes and narrative works in paint, sketch and sculpture. Arguably the most intriguing images in the exhibition, which hinted at Goudie’s lifelong preoccupation with witches, were illustrations of ‘Tam o’Shanter’. A true Scot, Goudie was enchanted by Robert Burns’ 1790 poem, and produced this narrative cycle of paintings in 2000 to bring the macabre tale to life. It was surprising and fascinating to see these darker and more personal works from his late career hanging alongside more light-hearted earlier pictures. Through this body of work, both the man and his art were remembered with great affection and fondness, each piece gaining a new element of poignancy.

We are lucky to have five of Goudie’s original mixed media paintings available on our online platform, Buy Art | Buy Now. Dating from between 1980-1995, each individual work is infused with Goudie’s joy and enthusiasm for paint, and together the pieces crystallise his later career to its most inspired moments.

Three of the works are charming still life flower scenes, Wild Flowers in Vase 1985, Poppies 1995, and (perhaps a nod towards the influence of Vincent Van Gogh), Sunflowers 1980. Each is distinct from the next, interpreting the subject with such brightness that the finished image is stunning in its simplicity and vitality. Villa Kerjane, Sunset, painted in 1985, is comparatively a more muted and tonal piece, portraying a Brittany landscape. Goudie married a native of Brittany, and the peace he felt in this rural and dusky environment is communicated through the purples and blues of sky and water, dashed with orange highlights, creating a quiet and moving scene.

Finally, Peacock is a more enigmatic image. Goudie was famously inspired by Oscar Wilde’s tragic one-act masterpiece ‘Salome’ and Richard Strauss’ operatic adaptation of the story. In 1990, the Scottish Opera commissioned Goudie to design lavish sets and costumes for the production, yet the project never came to fruition due to a lack of funding. However, Goudie’s preparatory designs remained, filled with whimsy and magic. Peacock is in fact his curtain design for the opera. Although certainly drawing from Aubrey Beardsley’s seminal 1894 illustration for Oscar Wilde’s ‘Salome’, in which the eponymous villain-heroine blinds a character with her beauty while wearing a decadent peacock skirt, Goudie reworked the motif with the arcing gestures and vibrant colours so fundamental to his work. Imagine how sumptuous this design would have looked as a heavy velvet curtain if the production had gone ahead...



By Anna Preston

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Peacock by Alexander Goudie

The Reception Selection: Sharing the Street with Peter Brown

To roam the city, waiting for inspiration to strike, has been a tactic of artists for centuries. From Vermeer to Lowry, the stimulation of the street has led to the creation of astounding works of art.


Long-time favourite of Mall Galleries, Pete ‘the Street’ Brown, is no exception. This all-weather painter of street scenes and city landscapes is rarely to be found in his studio; he prefers the bustling pavements of Britain’s cities, particularly those of his hometown, Bath. 

Brown’s post-impressionist works capture the mood of both observer and observed, with compositions like The Old Bailey, which treat quotidian scenes and reveal a keen eye for architecture.  This architectural awareness led Brown to appear in various programmes for the BBC, including ‘A Sense of Place’, ‘A Picture of Bath’, and ‘Inside Out’.

Although Brown’s paintings evoke a confident quietude, their production is often anything but. The artist is famous for setting up his easel in extreme weather conditions, and the substitution of studio for street has led to his being the victim of crime on more than one occasion.

Viewed in this context, each work not only represents a unique moment, but has actively participated in it; snow has dappled canvases; the breeze that caused painted flags to flutter stirred the paint brushes in their pot. This unusual degree of interaction between artist, art, and environment lends a further uniqueness to Brown’s paintings.

A selection of the artist’s work is currently on exhibition in Mall Galleries’ reception space, with Russell Square, From Above Smallcome, Dublin Keg Deliveries, and The Double Bass all on display for public view. These are works in oil, but Brown also uses pastels and charcoal.

It is a captivating selection, supplying a small snapshot of Peter Brown’s comprehensive skills in presenting and sharing the enduring stimulation of the street.



View the whole Selection of Pete Brown's work here

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Peter Brown, Russell Square Tube Station

Curator's Choice : Sally Hales, Artists & Illustrators

Bathroom Nude by Daniel Shadbolt NEAC

Sally Hales, Editor of Artists & Illustrators, tells us about the five works she chose for her Curator's Choice on Buy Art | Buy Now


 

 

Two Pumpkins by Eve Pettitt

I love the use of colour here. The blue-orange complement is one of my favourites. The green tones and flashes of red add real dynamism, too, while the exploration of space, tension and the relationship between the two sitters is compulsive. I can’t stop looking at it.


Tulip Garden by Anne Marie Butlin

We’re big fans of Anne Marie here at A&I, her work is full of ideas while always retaining real beauty and elegance. A regular contributor to the magazine, she’s wonderful at communicating with words as well as paint. Tulip Garden’s rich and dynamic balance of colours and texture pulls you into the depth of the painting. There is so much energy: it makes you want to get out among the flowers.


Hillside Trees by Claire Edge

As someone who grew up near the Brecon Beacons, I’m aware that beautiful landscapes can have a dangerous underbelly. One minute you’re enjoy the rolling green hills, the next you’re being engulfed by looming grey. This monoprint conveys that sense of sudden danger with its depth of tone, urgent strokes and use of negative space.


Golden Oriole, Beatrice Forshall

There’s a clean and graphic feel to this delicate print that reminds me of traditional Japanese woodblocks. But Beatrice has found a contemporary edge with charming use of colour and narrative.


Bathroom Nude, Daniel Shadbolt NEAC

The nude is such a staple that I am always marvelling at how artists manage to constantly reinvent and reimagine the genre. The loose brushwork describes the figure with a minimal amount of marks, while colour and tone structure the scene. Daniel creates a relaxed, domestic atmosphere: it feels like we’re glimpsing a private moment. Arresting.


Sally Hales is the editor of Artists & Illustrators, the number one magazine for artists and art lovers providing expert advice and inspiration in every issue.

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Claire Edge Above the Trees

Curator's Choice: Peter Clossick NEAC

Nashunmenghe

Peter Clossick NEAC, painter, member of the New English Art Club and shortlisted artist for the Threadneedle Prize 2016, shares his pick of Buy Art | Buy Now with us.

 

Above the Trees by Claire Edge

There is overall directness with Claire’s callographs in their painterly qualities and modest size, incorporating both chance and accident. Created from memory they contain movement and an indication of monumental drama.

Portrait of Paul the Swimmer by Jessica Miller

We have an expressive honesty in Jessica Miller’s sculpture which affirms and implies the existence of a body. A modest realism and sensibility rooted in drawing; with fluidity, energy and feeling of mark. Her figure sculpture brings to mind some portrait works by Jacob Epstein where the human subject is central.

The Loom at Knockando Woolmill by Kate Steenhauer

Kate Steenhauer’s etching works with unusual viewpoints, in this case brought together with a spiral, zooming out onto the picture plane, depicting a workplace from the industrial past in the Spey valley. The drawing appears as if in collaboration with the workers at the loom, the clickety-clack of machinery and the busy noisy activity of a factory.

Before the rain by Nashunmenghe

Watercolour can be a difficult medium, as the concept has to go in a straight route like direct carving. Before the rain is modelled with a beautifully controlled tonal quality and pleasing composition. It has an almost Zen like application in its feeling of wetness.

Swimmer by Sopio Chkhikvadze

The connection with an existential feel of isolation is very active in Sopio’s painting. The figure stands in an interesting visual context on the edge of a swimming pool casting a reflection in the water, set against a dark mysterious surround; the metaphysic association of the pale subject overwhelmed by darkness. Coming from Georgia, Sopio has exhibited in the BP Portrait Award and received the Michael Harding Award in the RSBA exhibition.

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Paul the Swimmer by Jessica Miller

Curator's Choice: Susan Mumford

Susan Mumford, art world entrepreneur, speaker, author and mentor, highlights three prints and two paintings from Buy Art | Buy Now

A game-changer in the 21st Century art world, Susan’s an entrepreneur, mentor, speaker, moderator and author. Her first foray into supporting industry professionals was in the form of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), which she established while running a gallery in Soho, London. This was followed by the launch of Be Smart About Art, an online-accessible professional development platform that helps creative professionals thrive in a changing world. In late 2015, her first book was published in the name of BSAA’s motto: Art is your life. Make it your living. While based in London, Susan spends notable periods around the UK, USA and Continental Europe, delivering workshops and keynotes, mentoring creative professionals, facilitating panel discussions, judging art prizes and more.

Follow Susan on Instagram and Twitter. See her blog posts and videos on how to make a living in the art world via the Be Smart About Art Blog.

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Claire Gill

Seascape 47 – The Sound of Rust, £345

One’s eyes are quickly drawn towards the centre of the composition and move around time and time again, following the curved outlines of the boats. Intrigue develops upon discovery of the title, for it provokes curiosity as to what is meant, and what might result in, the sound of rust. This print is set to continually fascinate.


Louise McClary

The Crackle of Dawn, £2,400

What at first appears to be an imagined abstraction turns out to be a changing landscape as the waking day begins in ‘The Crackle of Dawn.’ This understanding brings meaning to the movement, colour and intensity on display. Such lively representation of a scene that is well-known to all presents endless opportunities for interpretation, with individual meaning for each observer.


Jack Paffett

Bloom, £280

Struck by the combination of a bold composition and subtle tones, ‘Bloom’ is simple in form yet complex in potential reading. After a moment’s observation, conclusions are drawn as to the differing meanings of the filled and unfilled ovals. The work is beautiful and meaningful alike.


Claire Edge

Above the Trees, £315

The line of pine trees is almost immediately apparent, yet the title suggests the artist is drawing attention to the other half of the composition. Comprised of maker’s marks of gestural white strokes that imitate the abstracted tree forms, the colour implies a cold winter’s day and the three directions of marks around the composition keep the eye circling around the collagraph.


Roxana Halls

A Little Light Reading, £4,680

With the title ‘A Little Light Reading,’ this image at first appears to be whimsical, presenting a floating form. A secondary understanding reveals commentary on the state of women in modern society, impossibly balancing multiple responsibilities with the risk of toppling over everything. Such effective presentation of primary and secondary meanings that suit the interests of differing viewers and settings recalls the philosophy of Pierre Bourdieu, who wrote extensively on works of art in which the creator knowingly presents multiple layers for interpretation.



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Claire Edge Above the Trees

Curator's Choice: Nicholas Usherwood

Joan Yardley Mills by Peter Clossick

Nicholas Usherwood, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Federation of British Artists / Mall Galleries and Chairman of its Exhibitions Committee, tells us of four works from Buy Art | Buy Now which stood out for him.


After a variety of careers as a lecturer in art-schools, administration (at the Royal Academy) and exhibition organisation, Nicholas has spent the last 40 years as a freelance writer and consultant, nearly twenty of those as Features Editor of Galleries Magazine, a position he still holds. A particular passion has been 20th Century British Art, in particular, the resurrection, through exhibitions and catalogues, of the reputation of many of its unjustly neglected heroes – Algernon Newton, Tristram Hillier, Richard Eurich, Evelyn Williams and Sir Alfred Munnings among them. That said, supporting the work of still practising artists is still no less important to him, again through writing and exhibitions.

 

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Louise McClary

Luminous Wind, £2,330

Contemporary art from Cornwall is going through a remarkable revival currently as a whole new generation of younger artists creates an incredibly vibrant and hugely varied body of work, far removed from the pale imitations of Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon and Patrick Heron that have characterised it for so long now. Penzance-born Louise McClary is very much at the forefront of this development, her intensely mysterious and richly coloured semi-abstract canvases filled with references to the paradisical and strange landscape of the Helford River on her studio doorstep. 'Luminous Wind' is a fine example, a visual poem in which elements of the landscape – reed and tree-forms and areas of gleaming water - are brought together in a resonant harmony of pinky-grey-greens, lemony yellows and rusty reds. A felt landscape as well as a closely observed one.


Peter Clossick NEAC

Joan Yardley Mills, £7,600

At first sight Peter Clossick's portraits and single figures, empirically observed and set down in thick impasto paint, would seem to belong firmly in that Bomberg and Euston Road tradition that runs through Auerbach, Kossoff and Lucien Freud even, their almost sculptural use of paint an equivalence of matter set against the physical realities of the people and rooms depicted - “the spirit in the mass” that Bomberg so urgently sought. Clossick then takes the whole thing a stage further, as in this powerful, reflective portrait of Joan Yardley Mills, where he succeeds in giving to her image a powerful sense of the inward as well, so that they come to possess what, as the critic Corinna Lotz has acutely observed, feels like “an otherworldly awareness of the transience of things.”


June Berry NEAC

Tea in the Garden, £3,100

I first came across June Berry's work 10 years or so ago when she wrote to me out of the blue asking me to write a text to accompany a CD of her work that she about to have issued. I went to her Beckenham studio and was immediately entranced by the complete pictorial world that she conjured out of a life lived between South-East London and deep rural France and the real feeling that she was able to convey of people's lives in the landscapes she portrayed. Now in her 90s driving to France is no longer feasible but she still works with an altogether undiminished vigour and feeling, her dense, almost Bonnard-like textures and subtle tonalities, as in 'Tea in the Garden', deployed on an albeit rather smaller scale, convey an evocative sense of the passing seasons. In the process time and place, along with memory, all play crucial roles in June Berry's subtle art.

Osprey

Beatrice Forshall, £980

Natural history illustration has been in my blood since childhood when I first came across books with images by Audubon, Edward Lear and Charles Tunnicliffe in them. Later, in the 1970s I had the privilege to organise an exhibition of Tunnicliffe's measured drawings and notebooks at the Royal Academy and met the artist. So when I saw Beatrice Forshall's beautiful and distinctive work on the BABN site it was, as they say a 'no brainer'. I was particularly struck by her stunning black and white image of 'Osprey', a drawing of wonderful clarity and power, combining a quite remarkable technical skill with  a quiet intensity of feeling. Forshall, who trained in illustration at Falmouth College of Art, combines her activities as artist and book illustrator with her work as a committed environmentalist, particularly for the charity Survival International. She is too one of a talented younger generation of wild-life artists that are, in a sense, re-inventing the genre all over again for 21st Century



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Peter Clossick NEAC, Joan Yardley Mills

Curator's Choice: Haidee-Jo Summers ROI

Haidee-Jo Summers, a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, tells us of six works from Buy Art | Buy Now which stood out for her.

 

 

Awarded Artist of the Year 2012 by the Society of All Artists and one of the few artists chosen by the BBC to paint the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant from the Millennium bridge, Haidee-Jo is a full-time professional artist known for painting landscapes and seascapes en plein air.

Her work can be seen regularly at the Mall Galleries where she exhibits with the Royal Society of Marine Artists, the New English Art Club and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, of which she is a full member.

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Alexander Goudie

Wildflowers in Vase, £4,850

This exuberant and bold still life has a timeless appeal. The fresh green and grey colour palette and direct marks combine to create a painting at once tranquil and yet filled with vitality.


Tony Williams

Steam Derrick Sun, £2,095

A painting of great drama and design with those strong vertical and horizontal lines softened by the smoky steam and the gentle reflections in the water. The brooding combination of the dark metal bulk of the steamer with the glimmer of sun remaining in the sky and glinting on the funnel make for a compelling and atmospheric scene that serves to remind us of the hope of a brand new day.


Robbie Wraith RP

Small Celebration, £2,950

I love to see paintings of artists studios, they are surely as much a self portrait as a still life or interior scene. This characterful and intimate still life is no exception, the luscious thick paint strokes and subdued colour palette served alongside a hearty dollop of humour.


Peter Brown NEAC RP PS ROI Hon. RBA

Fiinygook Beach from the Gook Cafe, £1,935

It would be hard to resist this little gem of a painting by Pete the street; that dark slab of energetically painted cliff side set off against the sparkling light on the water, with another enticing glimmer of light on the horizon. I adore the figures on the path in the foreground with the kite, heading down to the beach and inviting us to join them.

 

Frances Bell

Chicken at Sunset, £970

I love this soft atmospheric little painting which depicts that golden hour in the evening with the hens having their last scratch around the garden.

Robert E. Wells NEAC

Frozen Field

I love the textures and the grey colour palette of this atmospheric and poetic landscape painting.

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Tony Williams, Steam Derrick Sun (detail)

Artist Spotlight : Claire Gill

Claire Gill uses photomontage, or digital collage, to construct her intriguing sescapes.  Slightly surreal, yet wholely familar, her work situates itself somewhere between photography and painting. Dominik Slowik talks to the photographer and artist about her processes and inspiration.

 

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What does your process involve?

I create fine art limited edition prints using the technique of digital photomontage. This involves layering, combining and juxtaposing original photographic imagery to create an entirely new scene.  Much of my work is inspired by the coast and the images which at first seem straightforward are surreal and not how they first appear. The images, created in Photoshop are printed onto Hahnemuhle paper using a fine art printer with inks which exceed museum standards for longevity in a print.

How long have you been making photomontages for?

My father is a graphic designer and when he switched from a manual method of design to computers in the early 1990’s I was lucky enough, through him, to have access to Photoshop. I started to teach myself to use the programme and used it to create mood boards for my Textile studies at the time. It was very new then and you could only undo one action, which really helped to refine my use of the tools. Creating mood boards was a very collage based textile approach I used to aid the presentation of my projects, but I had no notion at the time that it could become a way of creating Art.

What inspired you to start making photomontages? 

About eight years ago I had decided that I wanted to take up painting. I didn’t really know how to start, or what to paint so thought I would get some ideas together by combining some pictures from a recent trip to the North Norfolk Coast. I used photoshop because my photographs were taken on a digital camera and this was a way of working, which was familiar. As the pictures came together, I became really excited by this way of working, and started to see possibility. I realised that there would be no purpose in painting these images and that actually I liked them as they were.

Seascape 54 Interwoven, £345

What inspires you?

Inspiration and ideas come from lots of places. In general I feel inspired when I am surrounded by space. It excites me and I start to see things that I want to photograph. I also see possibility in everyday things for example at the moment I am doing some display work in a school and feeling there is a lot of possibility in using off cuts - the bits that you would normally throw away!

How do you choose your colour palette? Is it to evoke a certain mood in the viewer?

Colour is a very powerful thing and as a textile designer I learnt that it is the first thing we see above both pattern and subject matter. Everyone has colours they are drawn to and it is no different for me. I have realised through making the work that on an emotional level, I am looking for a peaceful place within the image and I think that the way I combine colours helps me to create that sense of peace and calm.

What are you plans for the future (art-wise)?

I will create images inspired by a 'sense of place' for as long as I can keep it fresh and interesting, and continue to see things in different ways, but photomontage as an approach offers huge possibility for creating different narratives, with different imagery and I am excited by that. I will keep my mind open and I am sure find a fresh way into a different subject matter at some stage. I love photographing people for example, so who knows.

Seascapes 33 Beyond, £345

Interview by Dominik Slowik

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Seascape 33 by Claire Gill

Curator's Choice : Annabel Elton

Sarah Jane Moon

Annabel Elton, Head of Commissions at Mall Galleries and consultant for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, moonlights on Buy Art | Buy Now this month with a 'non-portrait' selection of works.

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Sarah Jane Moon

The Summer House

This is an exuberant painting of natural abundance on a hot summer's day. When looking for an artist as an investment, I look for an artist with a recognisable  'voice'. Every brushstroke in Sarah Jane Moon's work expresses her signature. 

Janine Baldwin

Verge

This gorgeous scratchy painting is a delight for its abstract qualities alone. Janine's mark making is  fascinating.  The subject makes me ponder the struggle between man's order and nature's disorder.


Lachlan Goudie

I stop somewhere waiting for you 

This painting could be a starting point for a story. It seems to say something about the smallness and insignificance of the tiny figure seen from above amongst the vibrant life of trees, whilst at the same time suggesting the intensity of the figure's inner life.


Frances Bell

Cows in the Snow

This painting makes me smile every time I look at it. I would love to take it home to make me smile some more.  The delight of warm light on a cold day, the innocence of cows and the sumptuous texture of the paint conspire to take me to a different place.

View from a Window With Irises 

Ann Wilkinson PS

I can never understand why pastel is so undervalued. People say that is does not last like oil paint, but, I would contend, that cave paintings were in pastel and the drawings of Lautrec and and Degas are as fresh and vibrant as the day they were created. This serene still life brings a sense of peace. It is beautifully resolved and balanced in hue, tone and in composition. Its colours are fresh and delightfully decorative. It would be lovely to live with.

 


 

 

 

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I stop somewhere waiting for you by Lachlan Goudie ROI

A Guide to Own Art

Have you ever seen a piece of artwork, fallen in love and felt that you had to have it, but were deterred by the price? You’re not alone…

 


Here at Mall Galleries, we believe that everybody should be able to own the art that they love. We are aiming to make that a reality by offering the Own Art scheme during our Federation of British Artists Society Exhibitions and for all works on our Buy Art | Buy Now online gallery. We have offered Own Art to the buying public for a few years now, and the success stories are countless. However, we want more people to seize this amazing opportunity and realise that they too can take home their dream artworks.

Own Art is a brilliant national initiative designed to make art more affordable, accessible and available to all UK residents over the age of 18, subject to status. It is an interest-free loan, through which the buyer can borrow up to £2,000. This allows those who are eligible to buy works of art from any of these exhibitions by spreading the cost over a ten month period at a 0% APR.


How do I go about making a purchase through Own Art at Mall Galleries?

Purchasing a work of art here at Mall Galleries or on Buy Art | Buy Now, through the Own Art scheme, could not be simpler, faster, or more painless.

When purchasing a work at the Gallery Desk, Mall Galleries take a minimum of a 10% deposit at the time of purchase and we will set up a 20-30 minute appointment with yourself and a friendly, trained member of Mall Galleries staff. During this private one-to-one appointment we will run through the Terms and Conditions with you, then enter your information to do a credit check with Hitachi Capital. You will need to bring with you is your proof of identity, your proof of address and your bank details.

Alternatively, when purchasing a work seen on Buy Art | Buy Now, you will need to call Mall Galleries and the above process is executed over the phone. You will need to be in front of a computer with access to email and your bank details. The reception of the work of art is used as a proof of address so make sure the address you give Own Art matches the delivery address.

When your Own Art application is approved, the work is yours to take away once the exhibition has closed or if purchasing from Buy Art | Buy Now it will be automatically dispatched to your given address.

Equal instalments are taken from your bank account for ten months via Direct Debit. However, should you wish to pay off the remaining sum sooner, or have any other queries, you will be supplied with Hitachi Capital’s contact details.

By offering Own Art, we can enable you to kickstart your personal art collection or expand your criteria when thinking about purchasing high-quality contemporary art from us.


For more information on the Own Art Scheme visit their website

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Annie Boisseau Landscape Evening Light