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Anthony Green RA: The Life and Death of Miss Dupont - Royal Academy of Arts

Exhibition preview

FROM January 18 to April 30, 2017, the Royal Academy of Arts will present the major new work by Anthony Green RA The Life and Death of Miss Dupont, celebrating 40 years since he became a Royal Academician and 50 consecutive years that his paintings have been exhibited at the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition.

Known for his irregularly shaped canvases and acutely personal subject matter focusing on his family and surroundings, the centrepiece of Anthony Green RA: The Life and Death of Miss Dupont will be the painting The Fur Coat, “Hazana”, 2016, measuring three metres in height and featuring a life-sized painted figure of Green’s mother, Madeleine Dupont (1910 – 2005).

Dressed in her original mink coat, silk scarf and handbag, the painting portrays a vision of Dupont’s second marriage, seen through the eyes of Green as a thirteen year old boy and is the result of over a decade of work.

Furniture, comprising a table, lamp and clock will be positioned throughout the Tennant Gallery, creating an installation reminiscent of Green’s childhood home. Additional works including drawings and watercolours will reveal the creative process behind The Fur Coat, “Hazana”, and documents, such as Dupont’s divorce certificate, will bring the past to life in this intimate and personal exhibition.

Anthony Green (b. 1939) studied at the Slade School of Art from 1956 to 1960. In 1961, Green returned to England from a scholarship in Paris to marry Mary Cozens-Walker and much of his subsequent work has recorded their lives together. Green’s first solo exhibition was held in 1962 at the Rowan Gallery and he has since had over 80 solo shows in cities worldwide, including a tour of Japan in 1987 – 8.

His work Resurrection, a pictorial sculpture for the Millennium, toured cathedrals throughout the UK in 2000. He has won numerous awards and prizes, and was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Academy in 1971 and a full Academician in 1977. He lives and works in Cambridgeshire.

The exhibition coincides with the launch of Anthony Green: Painting Life, a 224-page book about the artist, edited by Martin Bailey and published by RA Publications. Price: £30 (hardback).

Events

Anthony Green RA in conversation with Timothy Hyman RA – Saturday, February 11, 2017. In the Reynolds Room from 3 – 4pm; free (booking required).

To coincide with his Tennant Gallery exhibition and the launch of a new book on the artist, Anthony Green RA will discuss his work with fellow Royal Academician Timothy Hyman.

Curator’s talk – Friday, February 17 and Friday, April 28, 2017. In the Tennant Gallery from 2.30 – 3pm; free with an exhibition ticket (no booking required).

Maurice Davies and Morgan Feely of the RA Collections team introduce Anthony Green RA: The Life and Death of Miss Dupont.

Admission: Complimentary entry with a valid Royal Academy exhibition ticket or £3 General Admission ticket. Friends of the RA and Under 16s go free.

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm. Closed Monday.

Image: The Fur Coat, “Hazana”, 1963 then 2005, 2008, 2013, 2014. Oil on board and MDF with 5 independent panels and real objects, 300 × 242 cm. © Anthony Green. Photo: Shelagh Bidwell / Montage Photography.

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