Cecil CollinsAngel of the Stars 1960

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Artist
Cecil Collins (1908‑1989)
Title
Angel of the Stars
Date 1960
MediumLithograph on paper
Dimensionsimage: 406 x 289 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Elisabeth Collins, the artist's widow, through the Art Fund 2001
Reference
P11846
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Summary

Cecil Collins 1908-1989
Angel of the Stars 1960

P11846

This lithograph shows an ‘angel’ with a triangular face and a body of flowing lines, in a dark sky above two stars. The first angel appeared in Collins’s work in about 1934 and thereafter it became a recurring motif. In an interview in 1979 he stated ‘The angelic tradition, or the angelic intelligence is that which connects all the worlds and very often visits this world and enters into the world, into the battlefield of this world. Angels exist to help transform our consciousness, to open our awareness – and contemplation of their beauty purifies us’ (quoted in Keeble, p.120). Collins associates the Angel with the Fool, both being innocent victims of modern, mechanised society… (read more)

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