Geoffrey Clarke Crucifixion 1954

Artwork details

Artist
Geoffrey Clarke 1924 – 2014
Title
Crucifixion
Date 1954
Medium Aquatint on paper
Dimensions Image: 410 x 295 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented anonymously 1974
Reference
P01011
Not on display

Display caption

According to the artist, this image was 'the nearest I ever came to representational distortion of the human figure.' Clarke rarely depicted the Crucifixion. He was more interested in the idea of the Cross as a symbol, than in depicting the physical fact of the Crucifixion. The inspiration for this image was a black and white reproduction of the Isenheim Crucifixion at Colmar in Alsace, painted by Matthias Grünewald and completed in 1515. Clarke noted the use by Grünewald of a twisted, very distorted image to convey the full horror of the subject.

August 2004

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