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Patrick Caulfield

The first, true Brit Pop

By James Woodall  

1973’s Foyer, now in David Bowie’s collection, will feature in the exhibition (© The Estate of Patrick Caulfield)

A retrospective at Tate Britain this summer will shine a light on the first, true Brit Pop. Born in 1936, Patrick Caulfield was a signature stylemaker of an irreverent art, flashing its bright colours just as the Beatles and Rolling Stones brought London to the world’s fascinated attention.

Caulfield’s single-tone, self-consciously designed paintings of interiors originally owed much, by his own admission, to the moody American, Edward Hopper. He seems to have…

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