Anthony Fry

“One of the most individual achievements of British painting….Almost alone among English painters of his generation, Fry reasserts the prestige of the dreamer.”

-John Russell

Anthony Fry is a poet of colour. In this the first book of his work, this English painter of note represents the work of several decades, from travels in Morocco, Greece, Turkey, Spain, India, and beyond. The major sources of inspiration of Fry’s work, notably the dreamlike landscapes of the equatorial zones, the nude in all its permutations, and the shuttered spaces of meditative interiors, all show Fry’s dexterity with form and signature mastery of colour: incandescent, powerful, full of life.

This groundbreaking monograph includes nearly 180 reproductions in full colour of paintings and works on paper from nearly every period, including photographs of the artist in his studio near Bath, England, and Fort Cochin, Kerala, southern India. The book includes essays by a number of notable writers, including playwright Tom Stoppard, novelist John Berger, memorist, translator, and last surviving member of Bloomsbury, Frances Partridge, as well as lengthier texts by critics Bryan Robertson and Andrew Lambirth and an interview with Fry by Cathy Courtney done for the British Library. Together they provide a much needed and long overdue comprehensive evaluation and discussion of Fry’s work.

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