Jeffery Camp Southcoast 1990

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Artist
Jeffery Camp born 1923
Title
Southcoast
Date 1990
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1525 x 2745 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1991
Reference
T06487
Not on display

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A self-portrait dominates the foreground of this view looking from just east of Beachy Head towards Birling Gap. Camp has often painted pairs of nudes flying over well-known sites, including Venice and Millbank. The pose of each is observed in the studio from several angles. In painting the multitude of other figures here, Camp drew on memories of the Sussex coast. The picture's themes include the ages of man, the experience of near and far, and a sense of insecurity, which the cliff-edge flight evokes, along with an exhilarated joy. Camp admires Rubens's ability, in his oil sketches, to convey a figure's substance through deft and discrete marks of paint.

September 2004

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