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Title

Portrait no. 236

2007


Artist

Anton Henning

Germany

1964 -


About

Anton Henning has re-energised post-modern appropriation painting for the new century bringing it to a new level of complexity. ‘Portrait no. 236’ mixes traditional figurative styles with a surreal intervention that creates absurdist connectivity between the cow and the void beyond the horizon. While this is in part a whimsical metaphysical reference it is also a very personal image for the artist. Henning used to spend his holidays with his parents on the west coast of Spain and it was here that he first saw cows wading in the sea to cool off. He also recalls his mother pulling up her skirts to join them in the shallow waves. Somehow the cows and the mother and the milk that sustains, has become an image of an imaginary environmental system.


Details


Date

2007


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas with lightframe


Dimensions

183.0 x 213.0 cm canvas; 236.0 x 250.3 x 28.2 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., black oil paint "AH.../ 07".


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by Geoff and Vicki Ainsworth and the Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 2008


Location

Not on display


Accession number

249.2008


Artist information

Anton Henning

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Arndt & Partner Berlin, Anton Henning: 20 Jahre Dilettantissmus..., Berlin, 2008, (colour illus.).

Anthony Bond, Look, 'Landscape not always what it might seem', pg.18-20, Sydney, Nov 2008, 19 (colour illus.).