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Far left Lucian Freud (1921-2011) Girl with Roses, 1947. British Council, London, UK, © The Lucian Freud Archive, Bridgeman Images

Left Adrian Ryan (19201988), Self Portrait, 1944, private collection

Below left John Minton (1917-1957) Two Fishermen, 1949, oil on canvas, © The Royal College of Art, Bridgeman Images

Above right Paula Rego (b. 1935) The Artist in Her Studio, 1993. Leeds Museums and Galleries UK / Bridgeman Images, © Paula Rego

3to see in AUGUST

2Iberian girl The largest retrospective of the work of the Portuguese-born artist Paula Rego (b. 1935) continues at Tate Britain until October 25.

Featuring more then 100 works, including collage, paintings, large-scale pastels and etchings, the exhibition showcases the career of an artist who, in the 1950s, played a key role in redefining figurative art in the UK and internationally.

Her work explores magical realism, using contemporary mythologies to highlight underlying psychology and sexuality from an exclusively feminine viewpoint.

Above far right Paula Rego (b. 1935) The Cadet and His Sister, 1988. Private collection, © Paula Rego

1Triple threat The first exhibition to explore the close friendship of the figurative painters Lucian Freud (1922-2011), John Minton (1917-1957) and Adrian Ryan (1920- 1998) continues at a Bath gallery this month.

An Unholy Trinity, at the Victoria Art Gallery until September 19, charts the relationship of the artists whose initial closeness gave way to bitterness and betrayal following Minton’s suicide.

Right Paula Rego (b. 1935) The Little Murderess, 1987. Private Collection, England, © Paula Rego

Below left Lawrence AlmaTadema (1836–1912) Pauline in Pompeii, Cadbury Research Library

3Old times Drawn to Antiquity, an exhibition highlighting the considerable body of work by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912) continues at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham until September 26.

Following his move to London from Belgium at the outbreak of the FrancoPrussian War in 1870, Dutch-born Alma-Tadema became one of the most renowned and successful artists of late 19th-century Britain.

His paintings concentrated on classical subjects and settings, with depictions of languorous ancient Greek and Roman figures – both male and female, and generally young and beautiful – in lavish marble interiors.

Above Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912), Study of a sandal, Mainz Museum, Cadbury Research Library


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