T00169 A MAN WHO SUDDENLY FELL OVER 1952
Oil on hardboard, 47 1/2×68 (121×173).
Purchased from the Beaux Arts Gallery (Cleve and Knapping Funds) 1958.
Exh: Young Painters, I.C.A., October–November 1952 (2); Arts Council, Six Young Painters, 1956 (3); Beaux Arts Gallery, January 1958 (2).
Repr: Studio, CXLVII, 1954, p.169.
Painted in London in 1952. The artist wrote (16 July 1958): ‘About the picture. I didn't see it happen as far as I can remember though I have seen big people fall down. It's a catastrophe and as stunning and bewildering as the fable of the sky falling always seemed to me to be. It's about the complete upsetting of someone's apparently secure equilibrium and about their almost immediate efforts at recovery and their attempt to conceal that they have perhaps been badly hurt or upset which would only be allowed to show if they were by themselves.’
A drawing for the woman's head belongs to Sir William Coldstream and the artist also made an etching of the falling man.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I