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War, in all its horror, is the theme of Peter Howson's Bosnian prints at Flowers Graphics. Howson's oils of the conflict were disappointing, but these simple graphics deliver an authentically gruesome chronicle of man's continuing inhumanity to man.

Ironically, 50 years of peace in Europe is celebrated this week in an exhibition at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, of works made in late 1945. Among some 20 major British artists featured are Ayrton, Bacon, Moore, Nicholson, Spencer and Sutherland. Coincidentally, Michael Ayrton's later development into the angst-ridden bronzes of his final decade, is currently examined at London's Beaux Arts Gallery.

Artistic enquiry of a less obviously tortured nature is expressed in the paintings of Gerhard Richter (above) at Anthony d'Offay. Richter, often hailed as one of the world's greatest contemporary painters, paints daily - almost as a mantra. Either he has a unique insight into the meaning of painting, or his last 40 years have been wasted. You decide.

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