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Borchard wrote 'Why cannot we have paintings, also, like Goya’s? Why not the ‘cri de coeur’, also, in what is being painted? This I find in Anthony Whishaw...’
Whishaw’s close-up, semi-profile view of his downward-looking head may indeed be interpreted as a ‘cri de coeur’. It is a heart-rendingly wistful study of a vulnerable human presence, one imbued with a vivid quietness of spirit.
Whishaw grew up in South America. Of Spain, he said 'What attracted me to Spain was the brownness, the ruggedness, the sense of hidden drama... the openness of the people...’. Such qualities seem to characterise his self portrait. His lean features appear to take on the features of an arid, blue-shadowed terrain, all set against a cool, blue background, an expanse perhaps of sea or sky.
His acrylic paintings often utilise collage exploring ‘the play between the real and the unreal, between two and three dimensions’.
oil on canvas
H 45.5 x W 36 cm
acquired by Ruth Borchard as part of the original collection