I believe all painting is worthwhile so long as one honestly expresses one’s own ideas. One needn’t be a great genius - all the second-rate people are worth having so long as they’re genuine, because of course one must always have something of one’s own to say that no one else has been able to say - and that’s always interesting.
Vanessa Bell, quoted by Alice Sprawls, “At Dulwich,” London Review of Books, 18 May 2017, p. 19. I saw the Dulwich Picture Gallery’s show of Bell’s work on Sunday, 14 May, with my son John and his partner Sally’s son Laurents Marker. I love her paintings and admire her constant assertion of her right as a woman to live life as it suited her.