Utility dining chair (2007) oil on linen, 90 x70 cm.2007
The subject and composition of this painting was inspired by Vincent van Gogh's 1888 depiction of a simple wooden chair used by the peasants of Provence. It was a chair van Gogh used and hence it acts as a symbolic self-portrait. He in turn was inspired by an engraving of Charles Dickens' empty chair following the death of the writer published in the illustrated press. In my painting I have substituted a simple wooden dining chair dating from World War 2 produced under the name utility. I own two such chairs which I inherited from my parents and which are still functioning in my studio. The yellow paperback book resting on the chair is an account of the tense relationship between Vincent and Paul Gauguin in Arles.
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