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Valley of the Dordogne III by Anthony Green RA

Anthony Green's double self portrait 'resulted from a driving holiday through the Dordogne and Perigord . . . shirt from Marks and Sparks . . . sunglasses French supplied by 'Les Freres Lissac', opticians, French relatives by marriage . . .'
Green has related his admiration for Rousseau's jungle pictures to this image. 'The tobacco plantations in the Dordogne Valley reminded me of an 'almost' tropical paradise.' Sharp urban fashion is poignantly contrasted with lush vegetation and exotic dream. The tall format, schematic representation of the river and internally painted frame (as well as tilting figure reminiscent of the configuration of descending and announcing angels) recall the qualities of early religious paintings so much in vogue with the early 60's 'Pop' generation from the Royal College and evident in Green's own first shaped canvas from 1964 and in his Black Crucifix (1965). However, it was not at the Royal College that Green studied but at the Slade, where he started teaching in the same year in which this work was executed. The faux-naf imagery is combined with a substantial paintwork which becomes more deliberately controlled in his later work.
Valley of the Dordogne III is the third and last in a series on this theme. The first is in the artist's collection (140 x l40cm) while the second was destroyed by the artist in February 1976. Another two related 1964 works are Souvenir du Perigord (artist's collection, 152 x 91cm) and Stripes in the Perigord (private collection, 122 x 91cm).
Artist:Anthony Green RA
Artwork type:painting
Style/Period:early work
Material:oil on board
Measurements:1540 x 930 mm
Location:Arts & Humanities Research Council, Whitefriars, Lewins Mead, Bristol, BS1 2AE. View by appointment; please contact the AHRC's Facilities Manager on 01179 876 500
Rights owner:Anthony Green
Rights status:UK HE use only
Institution:Council for National Academic Awards

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