Shop Talk on Parnassus

by Peter Freeth RA

In Freeth’s Shop Talk on Parnassus he creates a visual metaphor, incorporating elements from works by Seurat, Manet and Bellini.
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Artwork details

Artist Peter Freeth RA
Medium Print
Dimensions 74 x 62cm
Fabric & material Etching
Edition 40

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Artwork description

One of abiding themes in Peter Freeth’s artwork is that of past masters and in Shop Talk on Parnassus – Le Chat de Monsieur Manet Rencontre Le Chien de Monsieur Seurat, he draws on the canon of art history to create a visual metaphor for inspiration.

According to some sources, Parnassus was the home of the muses and site of the Castalian spring, a font of inspiration. In Freeth’s capriccio a dog from Seurat’s pointillist masterpiece A Sunday on La Grande Jatte encounters a cat from a woodcut by Manet, made for the cover of a book of essays by Champfleury, the renowned art critic and champion of Realist painting. The meeting is imagined in the company of birds and against a background borrowed from works by Piero, Bellini and other pioneers.

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About Peter Freeth RA

A Royal Academician since 1991, Peter Freeth also taught in the Royal Academy Schools between 1966 and 2006. He trained at The Slade School of Fine Art from 1956 to 1960 and in same year he graduated, won the Prix de Rome for Engraving. The award took him to the British School in Rome, where he lived for three years, before travelling... Go to artist page