Sir William Coldstream
On the Map 1937

Artwork details

On the Map
Date 1937
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 508 x 508 mm
frame: 582 x 582 x 50 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1980
On loan to Pinacoteca do Estado (São Paulo, Brazil)

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In this picture Coldstream shows fellow-artist Graham Bell standing holding a map, and his friend Igor Anrep sitting on the ground. Seen from behind, they look out across the landscape, apparently unaware of the painter’s presence. This conceit recalls such paintings as Degas’s Femme à sa Toilette, which Coldstream had praised for its ‘unbiased observation’. Such observation was to be a fundamental part of his painting from 1937 onwards.

September 2004

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