There’s a gallery I adore: the Kimbell in Fort Worth. A small but wide-ranging collection, it is a joy to visit. I never emerge without my soul uplifted, my eyes open, my imagination buzzing, my existence fully alive.

Beside one of the artist’s more recognisable works hangs this one.

Said to be inspired by the Paris skyline view from his garret in Montparnasse at the time of the First World War, this work represents a transitional form between the painter’s more conventional landscapes and his later, iconic, wildly unconventional abstracts.

Not representational, nor yet so bleakly abstract, this painting sings to me. It is full of harmony and grace, elegance and promise.

It also bothers me a little. I think it must have been hung upside down, because those semicircular elements must surely be arches or domes, and there are many to be seen in Paris, but there is the signature of the artist at the bottom centre, and if his signature is right way up, then so too must the painting be.

What paintings do you adore?


Image: Composition 1 by Piet Mondrian

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Written by Britni Pepper

Britni Pepper has always enjoyed telling stories. About people, places and pleasures. Her schoolmates loved listening to her stories about princesses and pirates and dragons, and once she looked up to find the principal looking on. "No, no, don't stop, Britni," he said. "I want to hear what happens next!" What happened next was university, a job in the travel industry, and a career of travelling the world meeting the most fascinating people. Britni has travelled to thirty of the world's nations and loves making up stories about fascinating people doing interesting things in exotic places. No longer tales about princes and wizards, but her stories are just as much fantasy as ever.

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