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Title

Portrait no. 236

2007

Artist

Anton Henning

Germany

1964 –

  • 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
    Copyright
    © Anton Henning

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications