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© the artist. Photo credit: The Whitworth, The University of Manchester

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Peter Greenaway (b.1942)

The Whitworth, The University of Manchester

Film director, painter, curator and writer who, after Forest School, attended Walthamstow College of Art, taught by Margaret Green, becoming a film editor with the Central Office of Information, 1965–76. Although Greenaway made many innovative short films, he was especially known for his cult-following features, rich in art-historical reference and tinged with a quirky humour, such as The Draughtsman’s Contract, 1982; The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover, 1989; The Baby of Mâcon, 1993; and The Pillow Book, 1995. The choice of music for Greenaway’s films was catholic, ranging from Vivaldi to Webern, contemporary composers used including Michael Nyman, fellow-artist Brian Eno and Philip Glass. Greenaway also directed a number of operas.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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