T00161 DANCING FIGURES c. 1957
Canvas, 20×26 (51×66).
Purchased from the Leicester Galleries (Knapping Fund) 1957.
Exh: Leicester Galleries, December 1957 (25).
The artist's exhibition at the Leicester Galleries in 1957 included a number of compositions of dancing figures in landscapes and he has continued to paint variations on this theme. He cites a short description of his paintings by Martin Froy, which seems to him to give a just account of what he is trying to do:
'It is a characteristic of Anthony Fry's earlier paintings that, though carried out from the subject with great objectivity, it was the rhythmic and directional movements through the subject in depth which interested him, and his work at this time had an affinity to Cézanne in its structure rather than to, say Monet. But the particular light in his subject was also important, and hence the mood which was often nostalgic and, in the landscapes, Arcadian…