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Four British Painters

FACED WITH THE TASK of surveying the broad field of current British painting, I have decided to confine myself to the work of only four painters—John Hoyland, John Walker, Stephen Buckley and Howard Hodgkin—in the hope that a part will more clearly reveal the whole than if attention were more scattered.1 The choice has certainly been made easier by circumstances. Hoyland and Walker are the two English painters who have most rigorously and successfully addressed themselves to the challenge of New York painting. Hoyland has worked and taught in America, and his paintings have been regularly exhibited there since 1967. Walker’s involvement is even more pronounced. Since gaining a Harkness Fellowship in 1969 he has been only intermittently resident in England. Earlier this year he was accorded the singular honor of a solo exhibition at the Phillips Collection, which had already bought two of

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