Cecil Collins Angel Images and Negative Spectres in Conflict 1933

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Artist
Cecil Collins 1908–1989
Title
Angel Images and Negative Spectres in Conflict
Date 1933
Medium Ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 762 x 566 mm
frame: 985 x 790 x 35 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1991
Reference
T06457
Not on display

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Collins has often been seen as an inheritor of William Blake because of his highly personal understanding of Christian spirituality. This view has been reinforced by the fact that he, like Blake, claimed to be a visionary. It is, therefore, surprising that he exhibited this drawing with the avowedly atheist Surrealists in 1936. The biomorphic forms and mysterious, absurd imagery might be readily compared to Surrealism, but Collins’s subject is a symbolic battle between forces of good and evil.

September 2004

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