Michael Andrews Melanie and Me Swimming 1978–9

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Artist
Michael Andrews 1928–1995
Title
Melanie and Me Swimming
Date 1978–9
Medium Acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1829 x 1829 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1979
Reference
T02334

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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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