Rita Donagh Counterpane 1987–8

Artwork details

Artist
Rita Donagh born 1939
Title
Counterpane
Date 1987–8
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1520 x 1520 mm
frame: 1540 x 1543 x 35 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1990
Reference
T05838
Not on display

Display caption

This painting is based on a newspaper photograph of a bandsman killed or wounded in the 1982 IRA Regent’s Park bomb. Donagh situates the newspaper image in a dream-like space, which dissolves in the upper right of the canvas into the picture plane. The figure is shrouded with the artist’s own patchwork quilt, providing her own literal and metaphorical ‘coverage’ of the victim.

September 2004

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