Cecil Collins The Sleeping Fool 1943

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Artist
Cecil Collins 1908–1989
Title
The Sleeping Fool
Date 1943
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 298 x 400 mm
frame: 435 x 534 x 70 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1951
Reference
N06036
Not on display

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Collins used the character of 'The Fool' as an actor in many of his paintings. For him the Fool represented a state of innocence and spiritual purity. In an essay entitled 'The Vision of the Fool' Collins explained that he saw the qualities of the Fool as essential to creativity and inspiration: 'The saint, the artist, and the poet are all one in the Fool, in him they live, in him the poetic imagination of life lives.' In this painting the Fool and his muse are depicted with their eyes closed in reverie, surrounded by flowers.

September 2004

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