This is an art work by my cousin’s daughter – Anna Freeman Bentley – who is extremely talented and recognised as one of Britain’s brightest emerging painters of her generation.
I had heard Anna’s work Descent was on show in Chichester Cathedral … which I can get to relatively easily … and I had some friends in central Chichester to visit…
I need to return to the Cathedral at some stage … time was limited … but I’ll show you Anna’s exhibit here … she’s always been interested in architecture and structure … but studied art, literature and drama at school.
|Moreau's staircase which|
She’s won various awards and took up a studio residency with the Florence Trust, London – housed in a deconsecrated Victorian Church in Highbury.
It was for the final exhibition at the Trust, she decided to make a work that related specifically to the architecture there … refining that thought process after a visit to the Musee Gustave Moreau in Paris where .. she saw Moreau’s Staircase …
|The work was set up in the North Transept|
of Chichester Cathedral
Jacob’s Ladder ‘Descent’ being set in a Victorian Church then exhibited at the Cathedral … was very appropriate as it referenced the image of a staircase reaching down to earth from heaven, a vision that came to Jacob in a dream.
Descent (2011) is an oil on 8 panels with tulipwood subframes, 110o x 182 (base) tapering to 91.5cm (top). [36 feet x 6 feet tapering to 3 feet].
|The book that highlights Anna's career|
Anna, no doubt, will continue to experiment with colour, design … while engaging with the environment, architecture and interiors, exploring and showing us the world as she sees it …
|Gustave Moreau Museum ... with the|
staircase at the end.
… the Gustave Moreau Museum in Paris, where Anna was inspired, is an amazing looking museum … and the link below gives you an idea of why … and why we should add it to our list of museums to visit at some stage.
Anna is following Moreau’s idea of process to make her own views and process known to the wider world …
Wishing you all a peaceful and blessed Easter … and this thought goes to the wider world in general … let’s be gentler, kinder, more understanding and more thoughtful in the years ahead …
An article on Gustave Moreau's Museum, Paris ... it will tempt you to visit ...
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