Child With Dove Ban
I noted the sale of Pablo Picasso's Child With A Dove (1901) in early March (CLICK). Five months later Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export ban on the daub. This follows a belated decision by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest, which is run by Arts Council England. Groan! The Committee reckons the painting fulfils The Waverley Criteria: 1) it is so closely connected with our history and national life that its departure would be a misfortune, 2) it is of outstanding aesthetic importance, 3) it is of outstanding significance for the study of some particular branch of art, learning or history (CLICK). Picasso's daub fails all three criteria. Regular readers will know I've been puzzled by what makes a foreign work of art worth saving for the nation when genuine works of national heritage by British artists are allowed to go abroad willy-nilly. I believe I have the answer. There is a 4th, hidden Waverley Criteria: that the work must have been owned by a member of the British aristocracy, in this case the Aberconway family in Wales (CLICK).