Ithell Colquhoun Scylla 1938

Artwork details

Artist
Ithell Colquhoun 1906–1988
Title
Scylla
Date 1938
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 914 x 610 mm
frame: 1004 x 706 x 69 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1977
Reference
T02140
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1930

Display caption

This is an apparently simple image of a boat seen between rocks. Colquhoun said that the title refers to the female sea-monster who, according to the ancient legend in Homer's Odyssey, inhabited narrow straits and devoured passing sailors. However, this reference to mythology was provoked by an unexpected recognition of one form in another, as Colquhoun explained: 'It was suggested by what I could see of myself in a bath ¿ it is thus a pictorial pun, or double-image'.

August 2004

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