Richard Beer (b.1928)
‘Hôtel de la Gare’
Colour etching and aquatint
Signed and numbered 41/70 to lower margin
Plate size 34.5 x 42.5cm; sheet size 57 x 75cm
Richard Beer enrolled at the Slade in 1945, when Lucien Freud, Graham Sutherland and Keith Vaughan were teaching there, before moving to Paris in 1950 where he continued his studies under Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 and at the École des Beaux-Arts. In 1955 he began designing theatrical sets and costumes, notably for John Cranko’s ‘The Lady and the Fool’ at Covent Garden, and for the Deutsches Oper in Berlin and the Staatsteater Stuttgart.
This background in design may be behind the flattened planes, subtle atmospheric colours and striking architectural compositions of his prints. In 1970 Beer collaborated with John Betjeman to produce a folio of prints entitled ‘Ten Wren Churches’ published by Editions Alecto. Since 1973 his prints have been published by Christie’s Contemporary Art and he also receiveded commissions from London Transport. He travelled frequently to Europe, particularly to Italy where this Venetian café scene was conceived.
Beer taught printmaking at the Chelsea School of Art, the Slade and the British School at Rome and was a founding member of the Printmaker’s Council. His works are included in the collection of the Tate and the Government Art Collection.
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