Anthony PALLISER 1990 "35th Birthday" Limited Edition
size 70cm x 100cm/27.5”x39.5”
The much sort after 'Revolution Poster" in the series, still smoking after quarter of a century, will be rereleased in a limited printing to comemorate the 35th anniversary of the bar in Paris in October 2015.
The 1990 Anthony Palliser poster had a difficult birth. Simply put, when the 200th anniversary celebrations of the French revolution were in full swing – like many a good wine, this remarkable work required “more time” & was to arrive elegantly late for an otherwise unremarkable event.
Upon its grand entrance our adorable poster was instantly declared to be ‘unsuitable’ in certain quarters. Très ‘salon parisienne’. Delacroix, the posters inspirational father, was surely not amused but the much loved Wine Spectator declined to carry this edition from Willi’s Bottle Art. Impressed as he may well have been by Sabine’s ‘convérsation’, Marvin Shankin, (avec cigare), none the less supported this landmark PC decision.
The result was that the Palliser became an ‘under the counter’ unobtainable edition & was (quite naturally) to thrive in this manner, being one of the most talked about & sought after posters in the Willi’s Bottle Art collection. It has been out of print for a number of years – the artists hidden under the bed reserve of signed velins being the only source of a copy.
"Palliser's paintings are given to a sensual, erotic romanticism unlike much of our contemporary painting, British or otherwise. It is not so much that he has kept himself from the various streams and contemporary currents of painting in the past two decades but that he has kept with a kind of aesthetic faith whose tenets suppose a belief in the materiality of mysteries." Frederic Tuten Anthony Palliser was born in 1949 of an English father and a Belgian mother. He studied at Downside school and graduated from New College Oxford. In 1967 he attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. In 1970 he settled in Paris where he still lives and works. From 1995 to 1997 he taught as visiting professor at the New York School of Visual Arts in Savannah, Georgia. He remains a frequent visitor to Savannah and Charleston, SC. where the unique landscapes of the low-country remain a constant source of inspiration. To date he has had 24 one-man exhibitions and countless group shows all over Europe and in the USA. His highly acclaimed 1996 show "Performers" at Lincoln Center in New York showed his enthusiasm for the theatre and cinema. His well-known portrait of Graham Greene hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in London and that of Paddy Ashdown in the House of Commons. His most recent commissions included portraits of the philanthropist Alberto Vilar for the Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria, and of the eminent historian Sir Michael Howard for King’s College, London. He has also recently completed portraits of the Irish poet Derek Mahon, American actor Howard Hesseman and celebrated publicist Bobby Zarem A book of Palliser’s collected works published by Editions du Regard in France came out in February 2005. To coincide with its publication, an exhibition of thirteen “Large Heads” was held at the Ricard Foundation in Paris.