New Adventures in Artist Portraiture

Richard Wattenbarger

A friend of mine has expressed his dislike for Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’s singing by applying to him the not-so-affectionate sobriquet “the Cow.”  Imagine my surprise, then, when I recently picked up a reissue (at a ridiculously low price) of the baritone singing about seven hours worth of Brahms Lieder. The publisher, Brilliant Classics (to whom EMI had licensed the recording) repackaged the collection in a box, the cover of which was adorned by this painting by Thomas Gainsborough (Rocky Wooded Landscape with Rustic Lovers, Herdsman and Cows):

$$$-art new 9-0

$$$-art new 9-0

Coincidence? I think not!

About Phil Ford

Chairman of the Committee for the Memorial to the Victims of Modernism
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1 Response to New Adventures in Artist Portraiture

  1. Jonathan Bellman says:

    All the vocalists at the University of Illinois in the early 1980s called him Fish-Cow . . .

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