The Painter

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ISBN 9780571276738 Format Paperback
9780571276738
Paperback
Published 20/01/2011 Length 80 pages
80

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The fashionables? They just want to know if a painting's hot. Whether it will gain.

Queen Victoria said of Turner, 'He is quite mad.' A cockney who spoke his mind, he did not fit into the norm of the artist. Society saw him as a misfit, shocking, controversial. He was a visionary, the father of modern painting. The play examines his relationship to three women in his life.

English painting is dead. It's dealers making fortunes out of sentimental dross. Cherubs. Dogs.

The Painter by Rebecca Lenkiewicz premiered at the Arcola Theatre, London, in January 2011 in the production which marked the opening of its new premises on Ashwin Street.

The fashionables? They just want to know if a painting's hot. Whether it will gain.Queen Victoria said of Turner, 'He is quite mad.' A cockney who spoke his mind, he did not fit into the norm of the artist. Society saw him as a misfit, shocking, controversial. He was a visionary, the father of modern painting. The play examines his relationship to three women in his life. English painting is dead. It's dealers making fortunes out of sentimental dross. Cherubs. Dogs. The Painter by Rebecca Lenkiewicz premiered at the Arcola Theatre, London, in January 2011 in the production which marked the opening of its new premises on Ashwin Street.
  • About Rebecca Lenkiewicz

    Rebecca Lenkiewicz's The Night Season premiered at the National Theatre in 2004, received the Critics' Circle Most Promising Playwright Award and was nominated for the Charles Wintour Evening Standard Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Her Naked Skin premiered at the National Theatre in 2008, the first play by a living female playwright to be staged on the Olivier. Other plays include The Painter (Arcola Theatre), The Typist ( Riverside Studios), The Lioness (The Tricycle), That Almost Unnameable Lust, Shoreditch Madonna, Blue Moon over Poplar (Soho Theatre), A Soldier's Tale (Old Vic), Invisible Mountains (National Theatre Education), Faeries (Royal Opera House), Justitia (Peacock Theatre) and adaptations of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People (Arcola and Manhattan Theatre Club, USA) and Ghosts (Arcola). For BBC Radio 4: Fighting For Words, Caravan of Desire, Sarah and Ken (Special Commendation for the Tinniswood Award), Dracula and The Winter House.

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