John Bigge (Sir John Amherst Selby-Bigge, Bt)
Dieppe 1931

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Date 1931
Medium Oil paint on wood
Dimensions Support: 448 x 606 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1980
Not on display

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Dieppe demonstrates Bigge's interest in the marine paintings of Edward Wadsworth which have a sense of the unusual without actually being surreal. The central wall appears like a figure although its geometric nature also recalls machinery. Its enclosure within a sharply receding space is reminiscent of de Chirico's paintings based on the arcaded piazzas of Turin. Bigge wrote in the Unit One book that he had been involved in the 'Surréaliste movement. Its sur-realities seemed then to be more real than the conventional realities of the material world, and seemed to satisfy an internal malaise of the subconscious'.

August 2004

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