Two of the most important paintings in Britain could be lost to the nation unless £100 million is found to keep them.
Let \’im flog \’em.
At least one of the greatest of the moderns, Lucian Freud – recently crowned the world\’s most expensive living artist – has testified to the impact upon his own life and artistic taste of the very paintings that are now up for sale. When asked in 2001 about Titian\’s work, Freud revealed that, when staying in the Scottish Borders, he had travelled almost every day to see the two Dianas in Edinburgh. “To me, these are simply the most beautiful pictures in the world,” he said.
Lucian\’s got enough cash himself. If they\’re that important to him let him buy them.
Why should the dustman be taxed to provide freebies for the rich?