The Problemist: Portrait of Allan Bell

2007

Oil on copper

The portrait was commissioned by Mairead O'Lubaigh. "But whatever I can say about this matter of problem composing, I do not convey sufficiently the ecstatic core of the process and its points of connection fruitful, operations of the creative mind.. The event is accompanied by a mellow physical satisfaction, especially when the chessmen are beginning to enact adequately, in a penultimate rehearsal, the composer's dream."

Vladimir Nabokov

Speak, Memory

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