Friday 12 August 2022

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Acrylic and Oil on Canvas
60 x 80 cm, 24 x 31.5 Inches

Marevna’s painting The French Court (1955) is an important source of inspiration for this exhibition Under the Cedar Tree.  Marevna painted the Great Court of Athelhampton in the contemporary style of her time. Here, in this painting, Marevna’s use of cubist angles, delicate textures and diamond forms are reinterpreted in a completely abstract manner, contemporary for our viewpoint today. Marevna’s life story and perseverance as an artist in the face of numerous challenges are described in her memoirs Life with the Painters of La Ruche. Her work, writing and relationship with Athelhampton have provided much inspiration for the artworks featured in this exhibition.