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Ralph ‘heir to Goya’

    Ralph Steadman - How You Gonna Crucify a child in Vietnam without any arms?

    Ralph Steadman - How You Gonna Crucify a child in Vietnam without any arms?

    Published: 2 May, 2013
    by JOHN GULLIVER

    CARTOONIST Martin Rowson took the words out of my mouth. One thought kept on running through my head after I had taken in the astonishing works by artist Ralph Steadman on Tuesday – this man isn’t simply a great artist, he is perhaps our greatest artist of the past century.

    And this is how Rowson described him as he opened Steadman’s exhibition at the Cartoon Museum.

    The works he executed for Private Eye in the 1960s are among his best works – particularly the savage one on the Christine Keeler scandal.

    But then he rises to another Hogarthian level with his study of Mr Punch – the colour and sharp lines simply breathtaking.

    Finally, I have chosen his haunting work on the Vietnam War to illustrate how Steadman can be compared to the great Goya.

    The legend below the work at the exhibition quotes Albert Schweitzer’s words that the “suicide of civilisation is in progress”.  

    In the catalogue Rowson says Steadman is the “worthy heir” to Gillray, Hogarth, Grosz, Goya and Picasso. He’s right. This is the best art exhibition I have been to for years.

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