Anthony Murphy - The Card Players
'The Card Players'.
Oils on Canvas.
65 x 50 cms.
He eschews the conventionally pretty. He is interested rather in structure and in the definition of form. Living near Carcassonne, he responds to the warmth of the south, to the very Frenchness of France : its pollarded trees and waving shutters; its age and yet its timelessness; the churches round which gnarled villages cluster, the bridges that so often imply why these were settled in the first place. The British have drawn and painted in France since the eighteenth century. But France is so varied that there is always something new to explore, something different to express. Murphy has both the intellectual astringency and the technical gift to do so. Francis Russell Christies