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Art: Making the everyday quietly magical

Turning everyday moments - walking the dog, attending a concert, manuring the garden - into something quietly magical, a collection of paintings by Jean and Jasper Rose has just gone on show at Cambridge’s Clare Hall.

The married couple, both acclaimed artists, played an influential role in the early days of Cambridge Society of Painters and Sculptors, the organisation credited with awakening the city’s interest in contemporary art in the late 1940s and 1950s.

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heaving the manure (27839735)

Jasper, an academic and one-time editor of The Cambridge Review, died last year, but Jean continues to paint today. As well as prodigious skill, their work shares a gentleness: an impressionistic soft focus, a muted palette, a kindly humour. One to see.

* An Exhibition of Paintings by Jean & Jasper Rose runs at Clare Hall, Herschel Road, Cambridge CB3 9AL until February 27, open from 10am to 6pm daily.

See clarehall.cam.ac.uk for more.

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