T04921 City 1985 Stadt
Charcoal on machine-made wove paper 2720 × 3790 (107 × 149 1/4)
Inscribed ‘L.I.S. | M.2.11.85’ and ‘Stadt 3.80’ on back b.r.
Purchased from Galerie Stampa, Basel (Grant-in-Aid) 1987
Lit: Sandy Nairne, State of the Art: Ideas and Images in the 1980s, 1987, pp.109–14
City’ [T04921] and ‘Mountains’ [T04922] are two large-scale charcoal drawings depicting imaginary aerial views over a city and a mountain range respectively. In both pictures the dominant compositional lines, which are the streets in T04921 and the valleys in T04922, recede towards a vanishing point on the horizon, like furrows in a field. The pictures also share a swirling mass of black charcoal marks depicting a thunderous storm. Some of these marks are drawn, others are smudged with fingers, hands and knees. The artist's footprints are visible in both works, particularly in ‘City’…