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Kingdom

© Christopher Le Brun. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo credit: Yale Center for British Art

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Christopher Le Brun emerged in the early 1980s as the leading exponent of a new style of British art that moved away from post-war American abstraction and toward an approach more in continuity with the European tradition of painting. After graduating from the Slade School, Le Brun had a formative fellowship in Berlin, where exposure to both German romantic art and contemporary German painting set him apart from most of his British contemporaries. After producing powerful symbolist paintings in the 1980s and 1990s, Le Brun’s most recent paintings are seemingly abstract, typically relying on intense colour and richly textured passages, yet retain an ambiguous quality as if an underlying form is in the process of being unveiled. He was elected president of the Royal Academy in 2011, the youngest artist to be elected to the office since Lord Leighton (whose work is shown nearby).

Title

Kingdom

Date

2015

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 240 x W 170 cm

Accession number

B2017.16

Acquisition method

Dr Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation, and Friends of British Art Fund

Work type

Painting

Signature/marks description

signed verso, centre right: Christopher Le Brun

Inscription description

inscribed, verso, centre left: "25.4.15/2.5.15 (struck through) / 3.5.15 (struck through) / 8.5.15" (struck through); verso, centre right: Kingdom / How is it possible? / 17.5.15 / Christopher Le Brun

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