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October 27, 2010

In October 2009 we also paid our first visit (not mine) to the National Museum of Wales in Cathays Park, Cardiff. The galleries there are quite extensive and we were asked to select an image to research that we would then give a talk on at a later date. I chose the portrait of Dylan Thomas by Alfred Janes. Alfred Janes (1911-1999) was a friend of the poet Dylan Thomas and one of his group of young intellectuals that met in Swansea’s Kardomah Café. I chose the image firstly because it stuck out among the group of portrait’s in the room and secondly because Janes’ close relationship with Thomas was obvious immediately. Thomas looked almost frightened in the painting and it turns out that the painting was almost certainly produced in London, where the two lived together for a while, during the time Thomas was attempting to get his first book of poetry published. I was also interested in the graphic approach in the painting and the way the canvas had been scored with a knife to ad highlight to the lines giving the face sharper focus and adding a ‘greater formality’ to the painting.

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