Pierre Roy Boris Anrep in his Studio, 65 Boulevard Arago 1949

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Artist
Pierre Roy 1880–1950
Title
Boris Anrep in his Studio, 65 Boulevard Arago
Date 1949
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 653 x 501 mm
frame: 753 x 605 x 67 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Mrs M.J.A. Russell 1982
Reference
T03537

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This is portraiture at one remove: a painting of an imagined carved likeness. In it Pierre Roy turns his friend and fellow-artist, the mosaicist Boris Anrep, to stone. Through a characteristic manipulation of perspective, Roy manages to convey a sense of monumentality to the bust, which appears to tower over the studio behind. Though the painted sculpture is solemn and restrained, Roy’s perspective creates an odd effect like a cinematic zoom in which an object is suddenly brought into dramatic focus.

April 2009

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