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THE FIELD OF RHETORIC: AN INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTOPHER LeBRUN

The following conversation took place in October in London between Stuart Morgan, a critic who writes regularly for Artforum, and Christopher LeBrun, a painter who lives and works in London.

Stuart Morgan: In your work this year you have concentrated mainly on painting horses—sometimes pastoral and arcadian, sometimes frenzied and romantic. But before that your work consisted of Claudian landscapes, executed in a composite, historicizing style.

Christopher LeBrun: I was trying to produce a sting out of the collision of styles. I used various devices, particularly spatial devices, to produce the greatest degree of disruption. I was trying to allow something—previously impossible—to happen by making deliberate oppositions. But I was making them in the context of something that accepted color and form naturally, as if against the background of the picturesque convention. If I had continued such

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