The Flower Arranger / Early Summer

1982
Anthony Green R.A. (British, born in 1939)


Dimensions

67.5 x 67.5 inches

Accession Number

2007.9

Medium or Technique

Oil on board

Not On View

Collections

Contemporary Art, Europe

Classifications

Paintings

Anthony Green studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London from 1956-1959 where he met Mary Cozens-Walker whom he married in 1961. Their life together and their family history have become primary subjects for the artist who depicts intimate and ordinary events in a recognizable style. This includes the expansion of his canvases to shaped forms and a depiction of space that places the viewer in the role of observer looking down upon a tilted space which describes the artist’s memory by visually embracing the entire scene in his composition. Green counts the work of Chaim Soutine and Jean Dubuffet as influential upon his earliest efforts. The Flower Arranger is a subdued canvas featuring the artist within his garden. The image of flowers is repeated first in the border of the octagonal canvas, dominating the interior garden through detailed renderings and as cut flowers in the vase near the artist’s self-portrait, creating a complex reading on this traditional location and a means to highlight the artist’s skills. Green’s characteristic spatial relationships are evident here with the background tilted forward, encouraging the reading of the entire scene at once.

Provenance

The Artist with Richmond Hill Gallery, Richmond, Surrey, England 2005: sold to MFA (Accession date January 24 2007)

Credit Line

Sophie M. Friedman Fund and museum purchase with funds donated by Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf

Copyright

© Anthony Green