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WHEN WILLIAM Boyd recently published his book on Nat Tate, a mysterious Abstract Expressionist painter, it was a disguised work of fiction and Boyd had no idea that exactly such a figure actually existed. Hardly anybody had heard of Antonio Narducci, despite his being a founding member of the Abstract Expressionist movement who had done nothing but dedicatedly make art for more than 60 years.

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It may seem perverse to deny posterity to J B Priestley when, as I write, Stephen Daldry's much-lauded, award-winning production of An Inspector Calls is still running in the West End. Yet there, precisely, is the rub. It's the production that has been lauded, the production that has won awards. By re-setting Priestley's creaky old warhorse in a gaudily stylised, neo-Expressionist limbo, Daldry resembles nothing so much as the sort of virtuoso pianist of the old school who was more comfortable exercising his technical flamboyance on some showy trifle than tackling one of the true masterworks of the keyboard repertoire.

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Letter: Mondrian's genius was not achieved alone

Sir: I read with interest the review of the Mondrian exhibition at the Tate Gallery ("Designs for living", 29 July) and I felt the article gave the misleading impression that Mondrian developed his style of work alone. It is my impression that this belief was started by his disciple and publicist, Harry Holtzman, in order to increase the market value of his work.

OPERA Violanta Grand Theatre, Leeds

At the age of nine, he was composing cantatas, and within a few years his music was being publicly performed. At the age of 14, he was already revising his "early" works. He had an ambitious and domineering father, who christened him Wolfgang (but not Amadeus). For once, parental ambition was not utterly misplaced. Even Felix Mendelssohn was not as precocious as the boy Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Mahler, Richard Strauss and Puccini all marvelled at his early accomplishment. Violanta was the heavier half of a double-bill of one-act operas composed when Korngold was still in his teens and premiered in Munich in 1916 under the baton of Bruno Walter, no less. It was a success, and further performances in Vienna and elsewhere soon followed.

Theatre 2: More than just the Beart necessities

Jealousy was to Strindberg what daffodils were to Wordsworth: his paranoid relationship with Siri von Essen inspired the events of Playing With Fire (1892), a one-acter whose central menage-a-trois of characters were so blatantly and libellously based on the playwright's former friends that it wasn't performed in his native Sweden until 1907. Luc Bondy's sensitive and surprising French-language revival made its only British appearance last week at the Nottingham Playhouse, with film star, anti- Le Pen activist and nude harmonica player Emmanuelle Beart heading a uniformly strong cast.
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