Rodrigo Moynihan
Figure in Studio 1977–80

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Rodrigo Moynihan 1910–1990
Figure in Studio
Date 1977–80
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 410 x 330 mm
frame: 579 x 496 x 76 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1980
Not on display

Display caption

Here the artist is, perhaps, shown as a cool observer, though he appears almost overwhelmed by the large canvas he seems to be working on. This looks like a self–portrait but a trick is played on us: the canvas we are looking at is not the round one the artist is painting in the picture.
Moynihan was one of a group of artists who pursued the possibility of an objective painting, avoiding the idea of art as an expression of the artist’s personality or emotions. At different times he explored both abstraction and an almost analytical figurative style to this end.

September 2004

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