T00428 Evening in the Quarry 1960
Inscribed 'BERNIK' t.l. and 'BERNIK | KAMNOLOM' on stretcher
Oil and sand on canvas, 55 3/8 x 33 1/2 (140.5 x 85)
Purchased from the artist through the Yugoslav Committee of Cultural Relations (Grant-in-Aid) 1961
Exh: Contemporary Yugoslav Painting and Sculpture, Tate Gallery, April-May 1961 (4), as 'Evening in the Quarry' 1960; Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry, June-July 1961 (4); Ferens Art Gallery, July-August 1961 (4); Brighton Art Gallery, August-September 1961 (4)
Lit. Zoran Krzisnik, Janez Bernik (Maribor 1966), pp.14-18, 47-50
The artist said that he worked on this theme for about three years, from 1960 to 1963, and that the titles of the other paintings include 'The Cut-Through Earth', 'Wounded Earth' and 'Inscribed Earth'. The marks partly anticipate his subsequent phase of 'man's intrusion on the unspoilt texture of the earth'. The painting was executed with oil paint and strong binding medium such as varnish, in which he put some fine river sand. The word 'kamnolom' inscribed on the stretcher means in English 'quarry' (letters of 11 August and 20 September 1970).
His paintings of 'quarries', 'islands of nomads' and 'encampments' made at this time were all concerned with the theme of a bird's eye view of the traces of man's first presence on the earth.
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.51, reproduced p.51