Jeffrey DennisThe Confinement of Richard Dadd 1985

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Artist
Jeffrey Dennis (born 1958)
Title
The Confinement of Richard Dadd
Date 1985
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionsunconfirmed: 980 x 915 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Charles Saatchi 1992
Reference
T06531
Not on display

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As in other paintings of this time, Dennis here chooses a patterned ground. This acts as a surface as well as a void in which are placed people, objects and places. This picture stemmed from Dennis's interest in the nineteenth-century artist Richard Dadd's ability to paint water as though crystalline. His interest intensified when he realised that a trip he had made around Egypt repeated part of a journey made by Dadd. (Dadd suffered sunstroke in Egypt. On his return to England he murdered his father and spent the rest of his life in an asylum… (read more)

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