Albert Irvin, the painter, who has died aged 92, started out in the 1950s as a figurative artist of the kitchen sink school, but after discovering Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko at a famous Tate exhibition in 1956 he reinvented himself as an exponent of a dazzlingly vigorous abstract expressionism, becoming one of Britain’s most respected abstract artists.
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Matisse drawing the Stations of the Cross with a bambu pole in the interior of the Chapelle de Rosaire at Vence. "Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence." (Matisse).