Peter Blake The Fine Art Bit 1959

Artwork details

Artist
Peter Blake born 1932
Title
The Fine Art Bit
Date 1959
Medium Enamel, wood and postcards on board
Dimensions Support: 914 x 610 x 25 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1970
Reference
T01174
Not on display

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Here Blake is playing with ideas about art and its reproduction. The boldly-coloured stripes relate to everyday images such as flags, packaging and signage. They may also refer to the hard-edged abstract painting of the late 1950s.

Blake juxtaposes them with a traditional idea of ‘high art’, represented by a frieze of postcard reproductions of paintings and sculptures from the past.

July 2008

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