Alan Davie Birth of Venus 1955

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Artist
Alan Davie 1920–2014
Title
Birth of Venus
Date 1955
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 1600 x 2438 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1958
Reference
T00203
Not on display

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Davie’s approach to painting has always been improvisatory (he is also a jazz musician) and he insists the titles are only invented after the work is complete. So he arrived at this title because he saw in the image ‘a distinct suggestion of the primeval womb, birth place, cavern, source of fruitfulness and love’. His approach and the imagery he found both reflect a widespread interest at the time in myth and the symbolic representation in many cultures of such fundamental processes as birth, procreation and death.

February 2010

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