Prunella CloughFalse Flower 1993

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Artist
Prunella Clough (1919‑1999)
Title
False Flower
Date 1993
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1520 x 1825 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1996
Reference
T07116
Not on display

Technique and condition

The painting was executed on a single piece of medium-weight linen canvas, which is attached to its original stretcher with wire staples at the back. The canvas was commercially prepared prior to stretching with an oil-based white ground layer, and although not visible, was probably initially covered with a layer of animal glue size. This ground layer is reasonably thin and the canvas weave texture is still very evident through it.

The paints used for this work were artists' oil paints and were applied exclusively by brush to produce a generally opaque and matt surface quality. Many areas were applied in rather thin layers and may have been thinned with a diluent such as turpentine. However, there is some variation in the paint thickness and some areas of reasonable impasto in the black background and in the flower. Here the paint appears to have been applied directly from the tube in short brushstrokes. In addition to the oil paint, some form of graphite was probably used to produce the very thin lines. There are two areas in the painting where a circular shape (of approximately 370mm diameter) can be made out… (read more)

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