Adrian Berg 1929 - 2011 RA
Gloucester Lodge, Regent's Park, Autumn, 1980
oil on canvas
107 x 107 cm (approx. 42 x 42 in)
Berg's deceptively simple studies of Regent's Park unite philosophy, optics, and even film theory to express both the potential and limits of visual perception.
Like David Bomberg, Berg believed that the senses were a transitory vehicle and, as such, could never fully express the physical world. While he often took his viewpoint from his Gloucester Gate flat, he never based his park compositions on a single point perspective, nor any specific time of day. Instead, he painted the view as a multiplicity of trees, shrubbery and reflections repeated, rearranged and superimposed to communicate a totality greater than its parts.
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