John Currin The Wizard c.1994

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Artwork details

Artist
John Currin born 1962
Title
The Wizard
Date c.1994
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 814 x 662 x 35 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of Eileen and Peter Norton 2012
Reference
T13718
Not on display

Technique and condition

Sound stretcher, commercially primed canvas, stretched by artist prior to painting. Heavily diluted oil paint sketch beneath visible layers. Somewhat complicated stratigraphy to paint film due to modifications in composition. Visible composition has been executed prior to underlying layer drying. Paints have been mixed on paint surface along with being mixed on the palette and the paint has been worked wet in wet on the canvas. Prominent brushmarks. Image has been executed quickly but the presence of palette scrapings suggests that paint was congealing on the palette.

The painting has been skillfully executed and technique does not jeopardize the longevity of the work.

Rachel Barker and Annette King
May 1999

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