Wilhelmina Barns-Graham
Glacier Crystal, Grindelwald 1950

Artwork details

Glacier Crystal, Grindelwald
Date 1950
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Frame: 674 x 777 x 74 mm
support: 514 x 609 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1964
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1950

Display caption

Barns-Graham lived in St Ives and her art combined natural subjects with the influence of older abstract artists Ben Nicholson and Naum Gabo. This is one of several works painted following a visit to the Grindelwald Glacier in Switzerland in 1948 where she had direct experience of the monumental shape of the glacier, its light, and the contrast between solidity and glass-like transparency. This led her to attempt to combine multiple views ‘from above, through and all round, as a bird flies, a total experience’.

September 2016

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