David Bomberg Tregor and Tregoff, Cornwall 1947

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Artist
David Bomberg 1890–1957
Title
Tregor and Tregoff, Cornwall
Date 1947
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 870 x 1073 mm
frame: 1041 x 1242 x 90 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mrs Rosemary Peto 1967
Reference
T00910
Not on display

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In 1947 Bomberg spent six weeks camping near Zennor in west Cornwall. The landscape there is wild and unspoilt, with the moors and ancient field patterns dropping down to steep sea cliffs. This view of a stormy sky hanging over two moorland peaks is characteristic of the area, as is the orange and ochre colouring of the dead gorse and heather.

Bomberg’s use of fluid paint combined with a strong sense of structure is typical of his work and evokes a feeling of the unforgiving granite beneath the vegetation.

July 2004

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