Cecil CollinsThe Artist and his Wife 1939

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Artist
Cecil Collins (1908‑1989)
Title
The Artist and his Wife
Date 1939
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionsimage: 1200 x 900 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Elisabeth Collins, the artist's widow, through the Art Fund 2001
Reference
T07733
Not on display

Summary

This double portrait, one of the best known of Collins’s paintings, represented for him a return to a more straightforward imagery after his fantastic and dream subjects of the 1930s. It depicts the artist with his wife, Elisabeth. They are shown as equals, the outward gaze of both sitters inviting the onlooker to share in the celebration of their marriage. Collins paints each object between them as a separate item and with the same degree of attention… (read more)

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