Patrick Caulfield 1936–2005
Greece Expiring on the Ruins of Missolonghi (after Delacroix)
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 1524 x 1219 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1980
Not on display
In his final year at the Royal College of Art, Caulfield was set the task of making a transcription from a famous painting. He chose Delacroix’s Greece Expiring on the Ruins of Missolonghi 1827 [reproduced to the left], a work he knew only from a black-and-white reproduction.
Caulfield translated the painting in a hard-edge style, inventing the colours to suggest the propagandist tone of a political poster.
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