Nude Dancers

Anthony Fry (b. Theydon Bois 1927)
National Trust Inventory Number 769768

Category Paintings
Date 1957
Materials Oil on board
Measurements 350 x 440 mm
Place of origin
Collection Mottisfont, Hampshire (Accredited Museum)
On show at Mottisfont, Hampshire, London and South East, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on board, Nude Dancers by Anthony Fry (b. Theydon Bois 1927), 1957. Part of the Derek Hill Collection.

Full description

Oil painting on board, Nude Dancers by Anthony Fry (b. Theydon Bois 1927), 1957. Part of the Derek Hill Collection.

A figure and landscape painter, Anthony Fry joined the London Group in 1955. This work shows one of the themes he has repeatedly returned to throughout his career: dancers in a landscape.

In the 1950s, he was interested particularly in the rhythm and movement of the figures together. The golden light was also important to him, so other meanings start to emerge: this does seem to be about freedom and escapism in a kind of ‘arcadia’, a country idyll far from the cares of daily life. The lone figure at the front of the composition is the only suggestion that this existence may not be idyllic for all.

Provenance

Presented by Derek Hill (1916 - 2000) through The National Art Collections Fund (Art Fund), 1996

Makers and roles

Anthony Fry (b. Theydon Bois 1927), artist

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