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Chris Orr The Miserable Lives of Fabulous Artists

In this book accompanying The Miserable Lives of Fabulous Artists exhibition, Chris Orr MBE RA turns his humorous and affectionate gaze on some of the most famous - and fabulous - artists of the past.

With over 30 new works, accompanied by Orr's captions, artists such as Hopper, Picasso, Constable, Sickert and Kahlo find themselves in the most weird and wonderful of situations.

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Artist Chris Orr RA
Dimensions 20 x 31.5cm
Fabric & material Hardback
No. of Pages 96
No. of Illustrations 70
SKU 02086570

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Product story

This book is a collection of works celebrating the lives of the fabulously artistic, accompanying The Miserable Lives of Fabulous Artists exhibition currently at the Royal Academy in the Keeper's House, as part of the Academicians in Focus series.

Constable is disturbed at his easel by frolicking nudists, the Fauves picnic in a landscape every bit as wild as their paintings, Joseph Beuys struggles to control his coyotes and there's an unfortunate incident in Barbara Hepworth's studio. Each image is packed with detail to pore over, and the book concludes with notes from the artist, accompanied by preparatory drawings for the finished work.

Chris Orr MBE RA is an artist, printmaker and Professor Emeritus at the Royal College of Art. He has exhibited internationally, including at the Royal Academy of Arts and the Brook Gallery, Devon. His RA Publications include The Multitude Diaries (2008) and Chris Orr: The Making of Things (2013).

96 pages with 70 colour illustrations.