In his recent group of works Anton Henning responds to a male nude by Théodore Géricault (1791 – 1824), which will also be on display at the gallery. The exhibition title “Chapardages, style & volupté” refers to a poem of Charles Baudelaire as well as the early work of Matisse. In his paintings Anton Henning ties a net of ironic relations and references to the more recent history of art, reaching from Picasso to Bacon. Interiors, still lifes and Pin-Ups are enlaced and permeated by abstract patterns and arabesques. In Henning’s treatment of colour and image space it becomes apparent, that his examination of Géricault’s work is an examination of the principle possibilities of painting itself.
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