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The Red Room

Stephen Conroy (b. 1964)

1987-1988

O.1989.2

Title The Red Room
Object type Painting
Date 1987-1988
Artist/maker Stephen Conroy (b. 1964)
Support Canvas
Medium Oil Paint
Marks and
Inscriptions
signed
Dimensions h:1378 w:1225 mm
Accession Lot Marlborough Fine Art (London) Ltd (purchase, 1989)
Accession number O.1989.2

Collection Exhibitions : Interior Lives : Object Label : O.1989.2

This painting has a sense of claustrophobia, in common with the de Chirico painting elsewhere in this display. It is reflected in the tentative expressions and gestures of the two main figures and in the busy composition, squeezed into such a confined space. Although the picture shows people socialising - usually thought of as being an enjoyable, lively activity - they don't seem particularly happy, or to be enjoying one another's company, a feeling heightened by the brooding quality of the painting's dark red tones.

As in many of Conroy's paintings, the people depicted here are all male, dressed soberly in dark suits and of a certain age.
The overall atmosphere of the image recalls Edwardian England in both the characters' dress and the surroundings, and seems to have a somewhat literary air.

Collection Exhibitions : Interior Lives : Object Label : O.1989.2

This painting has a sense of claustrophobia, in common with the de Chirico painting elsewhere in this display. It is reflected in the tentative expressions and gestures of the two main figures and in the busy composition, squeezed into such a confined space. Although the picture shows people socialising - usually thought of as being an enjoyable, lively activity - they don't seem particularly happy, or to be enjoying one another's company, a feeling heightened by the brooding quality of the painting's dark red tones.

As in many of Conroy's paintings, the people depicted here are all male, dressed soberly in dark suits and of a certain age.
The overall atmosphere of the image recalls Edwardian England in both the characters' dress and the surroundings, and seems to have a somewhat literary air.