Peter Blakes heartfelt Valentines painting reveals unrequited love for Pauline Boty

Peter Blake, Boy with Paintings (1957-59) © Peter Blake. All Rights Reserved, DACS/Artimage 2020

On Valentines Day, it seems appropriate that a self-portrait by UK artist Peter Blake celebrating the power of (unrequited) love has been acquired by Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. The work, Boy with Paintings (1957-59), shows a figure holding a Valentines card for the late artist Pauline Boty who died in 1966 aged 28. But Boty, a fellow student at the Royal College of Art, didnt feel the same way about Blake, hence the tears that fall down the protagonists face (pop artist Blake was evidently struck hard by Cupids arrow). The lovelorn painting comes from the collection of the late curator and collector Muriel Wilson who, says Simon Martin, director of Pallant House Gallery “was a key figure in the British art world [and] was much admired by the artists whose careers she supported”. Blakes emotional broken-heart canvas was acquirRead More – Source