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.
oil on canvas with lightframe
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".
Purchased with funds provided by Geoff and Vicki Ainsworth and the Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 2008
Not on display
© Anton Henning
Shown in 1 exhibition
Anton Henning: 20 Jahre Dilettantissmus..., Arndt & Partner Berlin, Berlin, 04 Mar 2008–19 Apr 2008