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Paper Dolls, Madrid

Item Code: AG-2413-s
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Original etching, signed and titled in pencil.

His powerful draughtsmanship marked his early etchings, whose composition and light and dark tonal contrasts showed the influence and understanding of the Old Masters, especially Rembrandt. Paper Dolls (1924) exemplifies what the art historian Jane Lee has called Gross’s ‘tenebrism’: a fondness for the shadows. It would prove an abiding feature of his work.
Anthony Gross portraitAnthony Gross was born in London in 1905 and studied painting and engraving at the Slade. Later he studied in Paris and Madrid and spent much of his time in France. In 1940 Gross evacuated his family on one of the last ships to leave Bordeaux. He was appointed an Official War Artist and landed in Normandy with the Allied troops on D-Day, holding his materials aloft as he waded ashore.

Gross was very prolific, producing more than 500 pictures during the War. Post-war, he stayed in France before finally buying a house in the south-west in 1955 and settled into a pattern of living and working there during the summer but returning to London each winter. In 1980 he was elected an R.A. Gross died in 1984.
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