Michael Andrews
Melanie and Me Swimming 1978–9

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Michael Andrews 1928–1995
Melanie and Me Swimming
Date 1978–9
Medium Acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions Frame: 1955 x 1959 x 77 mm
support: 1829 x 1829 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1979
Not on display

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Michael Andrews was one of the leading British painters of the post-war period. With Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud and Leon Kossoff he was a member of the so-called 'School of London'. In common with them the process of painting was central to Andrews's art. Typically his paintings evolved from real elements, such as photographs of people and places, together with his memories of them. These were then developed imaginatively through engagement with the paint itself. This painting of the artist and his daughter is based on a photograph of them swimming together. Andrews developed this image so that it also refers metaphorically to Melanie's transition from family life to society.

August 2004

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