Four Poplars is an abstracted interpretation of a common Modernist subject, the poplar. Here, Murphy has created a work that is simple in line and shape but made complex in the rhythmic working up of brushstrokes.
"Anthony Murphy has led the most varied of lives ; he was a successful actor while still at school and subsequently qualified as a barrister. But the strain of artistic talent runs strongly in his family, so it was natural for him to decide to express this. Murphy, either consciously or not, fits into the Irish and indeed the Anglo-Irish tradition. He is interested in people and their activities. He is interested in places. There is an element of toughness in his approach. 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 tr ...
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