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AUBREY WILLIAMS Shostakovich 6th Quartet, Opus 101, 1981 oil on canvas 132.1 x 208.3 cm

Aubrey Williams, Shostavich 13th Quartet, Opus 138 - 'I was hearing for the first time a kind of total sound: it had profound visual connotations – I could feel colour.’ Something of the intensely kinaesthetic reaction of the young man to the music was carried into the ambition of the mature artist when, nearly forty years later, in 1980-1, in an astonishing burst of prolific creativity, he made the series of thirty Shostakovich paintings.