John Bellany

Celtic Marriage

1978

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 2540 x 1270 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1979
Reference
T02333

Catalogue entry

T02333 CELTIC MARRIAGE 1978

Inscribed ‘J. Bellany’ b.l.
Oil on hardboard, 96 1/8 × 72 (244 × 183)
Purchased from the artist (Knapping Fund) 1979

‘Celtic Marriage’ is an oblique allusion to John Bellany and his wife Julia at the time of their marriage. The boat in the foreground is based on a model boat in the artist's possession made by his father. The picture was painted quickly, in about a week, at the artist's flat and studio at 43 Linden Gardens’, London WII at about the time of his second marriage.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1978-80: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1981