Prunella Clough

By the Canal

1976

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1829 x 1422 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1976
Reference
T02093

Display caption

Prunella Clough was born in London and studied at Chelsea School of Art. She had her first solo exhibition at the Leger Galleries in 1947 and three retrospective exhibitions at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London in 1960, the Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield in 1972 and the Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh in 1976. Clough finds her subjects in the urban industrial landscape. Instead of making sketches on the spot she scrutinises particular motifs committing them to memory. Occasionally Clough takes photographs of aspects of the urban scene but these are not translated directly into paint. She likes to mix ash, sand or similar materials with her paints to give her pictures a sense of gritty strength.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

T02093 BY THE CANAL 1976

Inscribed on reverse ‘Clough’
Oil on canvas, 72 × 56 (182.9 × 142.2)
Purchased from Monika Kinley (Grant-in-Aid) 1976
Exh: Recent paintings by Prunella Clough, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, September–October 1976 and Serpentine Gallery, London, October–November 1976 (28).

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Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1976-8: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1979