Peter Coker Table and Chair 1955

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Artwork details

Artist
Peter Coker 1926–2004
Title
Table and Chair
Date 1955
Medium Oil paint and sand on fibreboard
Dimensions Support: 1524 x 1219 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1981
Reference
T03302
Not on display

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With its sober colours and cheerless interior, Table and Chair might seem the epitome of ‘kitchen sink’ painting. Yet the subject of the painting is the immediacy of physical objects rather than the trivial dreariness implicit in David Sylvester’s term. In order to achieve a sense of solidity, Coker used so much paint that the boy’s head actually slid off the canvas one night and had to be re-painted.

An unsentimental and objective attitude towards the facts of life, whether physical things or events, is evident in much social realist art.

September 2004

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