Michael Andrews A Man who Suddenly Fell Over 1952

Artwork details

Artist
Michael Andrews 1928–1995
Title
A Man who Suddenly Fell Over
Date 1952
Medium Oil paint on hardboard
Dimensions Support: 1206 x 1727 mm
frame: 1380 x 1890 x 70 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1958
Reference
T00169
Not on display

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In common with much of Andrews's work this picture is partly autobiographical. It was painted for his Diploma Examination shortly before leaving the Slade School of Art to face a period of uncertainty. He later commented that this painting was 'about the complete upsetting of someone's apparently secure equilibrium and about their most immediate efforts at recovery and their attempt to conceal that they have perhaps been badly hurt or upset'. This might explain why the man seems to grin instead of crying out in shock. The image of the body destablised in space was of interest to a number of artists in the 1950s, including Francis Bacon and Anthony Caro.

September 2004

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