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Le Brun’s paintings of the early 1980s were imbued with a sense of mystery, which seemed to tap into a Romantic tradition of mythical and literary association. He described himself as a ‘visionary painter after Turner or Blake’. The process of articulating inspiration is made explicit in the title: Dream, Think, Speak. This is one of a number of paintings in which a Pegasus-like winged horse may suggest imagination taking flight.

November 2008