Catalogue entry

Jean Atlan 1913-1960

T00300 Baal Guerrier (Warrior of Baal) 1953

Inscribed 'Atlan' b.r. and 'Atlan | peinture 1953 | BAAL | guerrier' on back of canvas
Oil on canvas, 64 x 51(162.5 x 130)
Presented by Mr and Mrs Alexander Margulies 1959
Prov: Mr and Mrs Alexander Margulies, London (purchased from the artist)
Exh: Salon de Mai, Paris, May 1953 (5) as 'Peinture'; Contemporary Jewish Artists of France, Ben Uri Art Gallery, London, October-November 1957 (5)
Repr: Arts, 15-21 May 1953, p.10; Bernard Dorival, Atlan (Paris 1962), pl.23 in colour; Michel Ragon, Atlan (Paris 1962), p.23

Atlan told Michel Ragon (op. cit., p.59) that although there was a period of some years when he let his works be known simply as 'Painting', he had since returned to his original practice of giving fuller titles, partly for the purpose of identification and partly to give the viewer a suggestion, a poetic indication. This did not mean that there was a subject decided in advance. 'In my case, what seems to suit my pictures best is a "poetic" suggestion mid-way between what would be in danger of deadening - or over-simplifying - the "mystery" of my forms ....'

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.24, reproduced p.24