|Matsue ~ 松栄|
Turner: A Miscarriage of Justice?
In the early years of the 20th century, spinster sisters
Gwendoline and Margaret Davies
spent much of their vast fortune
buying the cream of European art
as a gift to the people
When Gwendoline died in 1951,
all the paintings in her collection were
bequeathed to the National Museum of Wales.
Amongst the works most proudly displayed
were many by JMW Turner, perhaps
the nation's best loved artist.
These paintings were the pinnacle of the sisters'
collection, carefully selected and
Yet within months
of this extraordinary act of generosity,
the authenticity of the paintings
was thrown into doubt
by art world experts who branded them
These prized exhibits
'unfit to hang on the gallery's walls'.
For more than half a century
a cloud has hung over
three of the landscapes,
said by experts
to be a hand other than Turner's. But
this may be
a miscarriage of justice.
As Philip and Fiona investigate,
they enter a murky world
as they discover the paintings
are connected to
Turner's secret lover.
Fake or Fortune, Episode 2 of 3 BBC
(source for text + painted image, bottom)
Nicholas Pyke's perspicacious review
(source for sketch)
The geisha Matsue (松栄) who was Kawabata's
model for Komako. Matsue, by the way,
lived to the age of 99.
Her original name was Kodaka (小高キク)."
memory versus forgetfulness
(knowing or not knowing)