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The Souvenir

July 9, 2019

By Jean-Honoré Fragonard

This low brow art lover prefers figurative to abstract, uplifting to depressing, sexy to dull, and can’t cope with too much at once. So for my first visit to the Wallace Collection (click here) I went straight to this. A young woman carves her lover’s initial into a tree. His letter lies on the ground and her faithful spaniel looks on. A New Yorker piece (click here) about the film maker Joanna Hogg and her latest film, The Souvenir, had piqued my interest. It’s tiny, much smaller than the more famous Swing in the adjacent room, but I wasn’t disappointed.

Jim Thornton

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