Peter Blake
On the Balcony 1955–7

Artwork details

Artist
Peter Blake born 1932
Title
On the Balcony
Date 1955–7
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1213 x 908 mm
frame: 1324 x 1017 x 50 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1963
Reference
T00566
Not on display

Display caption

Blake is best known as one Britain’s first pop artists. His work combined images from high art and contemporary American and British popular culture. This picture includes 27 variations on the theme of ‘On the Balcony’, from a famous painting by Edouard Manet to a newspaper photograph of the royal family. He also includes a range of other references including fashionable American cigarettes, a photograph of his late tutor John Minton, and a painting by fellow-student Leon Kossoff.

September 2016

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