John DodgsonGiant Snail 1951-9

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Artist
John Dodgson (1890‑1969)
Title
Giant Snail
Date 1951-9
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 635 x 762 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1960
Reference
T00349
Not on display

Summary

Although John Dodgson's closest allegiance as an artist was to the Euston Road School, he avoiding categorisation or alliance to any particular artistic faction. His work may bear comparison with the fantastical landscapes of the 1940s painted by artists such as Paul Nash and Edward Wadsworth, but his chief inspiration was historical. He had an unusually good first-hand knowledge of the works of French Post-Impressionist painting and the Italian Quattrocento, which was derived from his extensive travel.

Dodgson's technique was idiosyncratic. His paintings began with close observation of a scene, which he would note accurately on the spot. He would then seek out flat patterns, rhythms and textures, and transform the reality he had seen into an image which bears some resemblance to the landscape of a dream. His drawings show his progress from the images observed to the final result, which was the product of his own personal meditation… (read more)

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