Unfinished or undone: The aesthetic of the void

Date and time

Monday 17 July, 1–1.45pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Aliki Braine


Admission free

Works of art left incomplete by their makers have always provided valuable insights into artists’ creative processes. Indeed, as far back as antiquity, the aesthetic of unfinished works was praised and valued and yet continues to raise the question of when an artwork is complete.

Art historian and artist Aliki Braine examines unfinished paintings and asks whether the aesthetic of the unfinished can be applied to artworks where elements have been lost over time, as well as those which have been wilfully removed or undone by artists seeking to embrace this unresolved and open-ended void.

Lunchtime talks

Focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks.

Supported by the John Armitage Charitable Trust

Image above: Detail from Paul Huet, Trees in the Park at Saint-Cloud, about 1820