Norman Blamey Decoy Duck and Self-Portrait 1984–5

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Artist
Norman Blamey 1914–2000
Title
Decoy Duck and Self-Portrait
Date 1984–5
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1220 x 1220 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1985
Reference
T04116
Not on display

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This was painted in Blamey's studio in north-west London over a period of about three months. All the objects in the picture are ones which have a valued place in Blamey's home and studio. The large expanse of wood panelling is the back of an eighteenth-century settle, and the decoy duck is thought by Blamey to be a nineteenth-century American object. The artist is seen reflected in a mirror on the back wall, and Blamey often uses this device in his work. He stresses that this is not in order to present himself in the guise of a self-portrait but rather as a reminder that he is the creator of what the viewer sees.

August 2004

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