Rue Charles Peguy, road to Mulhouse. 18th October. 1977

Rue Charles Peguy, road to Mulhouse, 18th October 1977
Hanns-Martin Schleyer, German businessman and former SS officer, was murdered by the Red Army Faction (Bader Meinhof Group) on 18th October 1977. His body was left in the boot of a car in woodland by the road to Mulhouse. The unseen violence and brooding politics of earlier works has returned, for although this seemingly idyllic woodland image was inspired both by a visit to the Cotswolds and by the scale of Ivan Shishkin’s Romantic paintings of forests, the title may also lead the viewer to massacres within Katyn Forrest and the Balkans -the ‘beauty of nature’ hiding the evil ‘in the souls of all men’.

Hanns-Martin Schleyer, German businessman and former SS officer, was murdered by the Red Army Faction on
18th October 1977. His body was left in the boot of a car in woodland by the road to Mulhouse. The unseen violence
and brooding politics of earlier works has returned, for although this seemingly idyllic woodland image was
inspired both by a visit to the Cotswolds and by the scale of Ivan Shishkin’s paintings of forests seen at the National
Gallery in London in 2004, the title may also lead the viewer to massacres within Katyn Forrest and the Balkans -
the ‘beauty of nature’ hiding the evil ‘in the souls of all men’.
Francis Greenacre
Art historian; curator of the exhibition at the Tate Gallery and Bristol Art Gallery of the work of the British Romantic painter Francis Danby in 1988/9

About Sam Dargan

Figural painter Sam Dargan depicts history and society with a bleak and mirthless sense of humor. Dargan’s self-described subject is the misery of “middle management grunts, battered priests, hollowed-out delinquents,” but he explains that he is not critical of the figures so much as the systems of which they are part. His works frequently feature specific historical narratives, sourced from newspapers and history books; past subjects have included the Russian Revolution and the war in Iraq. Dargan, who studied at the Royal College of Art in London, paints with a precise and graphic style that has been described by critics as almost cartoon-like. He is inspired by painting traditions at the turn of the century, and of Russian realist landscape painters like Ivan Shishkin and Arkhip Kuindzhi, but remains fervently skeptical of Romanticism.

British, b. 1971, based in London, United Kingdom