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Blake is best known as one Britain’s first pop artists. His work combined images from high art and contemporary American and British popular culture. This picture includes 27 variations on the theme of ‘On the Balcony’, from a famous painting by Edouard Manet to a newspaper photograph of the royal family. He also includes a range of other references including fashionable American cigarettes, a photograph of his late tutor John Minton, and a painting by fellow-student Leon Kossoff.

September 2016