Angelica Kauffman is barred from the Royal Academy Life Room, by Chris Orr RA
by Chris Orr RA
|Artist||Chris Orr RA|
|Dimensions||60 x 39cm|
|Fabric & material||Watercolour/ Paper|
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‘Artists have a lonely job and success is often elusive,’ says Orr. ‘Life in the studio is not all it’s cracked up to be, but it is there that dross can be turned into gold. Each of my Miseries is subjected to the cliché and reputations that haunt them.’
‘The life room, where students draw from the nude model, has been central to art education since time immemorial. […] Angelica Kauffman was one of the founding members of the Royal Academy in 1768. However, it was considered inappropriate for women to take part in life classes. […] Who knew what might happen if men and women sat alongside each other looking at the naked human form? Since the fundamental training for being a successful painter at the time was study from life, female artists were at a grave disadvantage.’
Chris Orr, 2018
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About Chris Orr RA
Christopher Orr RA studied at Ravensbourne College of Art from 1959 to 1963, Hornsey College of Art from 1963 to 1964 and the Royal College of Art, London from 1964 to 1967. He went on to teach part-time at Cardiff College of Art, Central St Martins and at the Royal College of Art. He was Professor of Printmaking at the Royal... Go to artist page