Alan Davie A Great Sound in the Heavens 1948

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Alan Davie 1920–2014
A Great Sound in the Heavens
Date 1948
Medium Monotype on paper
Dimensions Image: 230 x 295 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1989
Not on display

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In 1948, after military service and a year as a professional jazz musician, Davie took up a travelling scholarship, awarded to him in 1941. After visiting William Gear in Paris, he continued to Venice, where works by Pollock in Peggy Guggenheim's collection stimulated his own art. While preparing for a show in Florence, Davie started making monotypes, writing to his father, 'I have perfected the technique of monotype; the secret is to use printer's ink on glass and to print on a fine Ingres paper. I am really finding something in the black and white mediums - discovered a lot of Klee's tricks too.' Davie made around 100 monotypes between November and December 1948.

August 2004

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