Alan Davie Entrance to a Paradise 1949

Artwork details

Artist
Alan Davie 1920–2014
Title
Entrance to a Paradise
Date 1949
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 1518 x 1210 mm
frame: 1530 x 1220 x 40 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1972
Reference
T01526
Not on display

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An interest in the subconscious world runs throughout Davie’s work. This richly layered painting is an accumulation of spontaneously applied marks. The result is a picture in which line and colour no longer describe shapes but operate as autonomous pictorial elements.

For Davie the separation of these elements from their traditional descriptive function required him constantly to paint over images until he, almost by chance, struck upon the right one. He described these as ‘rare magical moments when I was completely surprised and “enraptured beyond all knowing”.’

September 2004

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