Anthony Eyton Open Window, Spitalfields 1976–81

Artwork details

Artist
Anthony Eyton born 1923
Title
Open Window, Spitalfields
Date 1976–81
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2438 x 1727 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1982
Reference
T03339
Not on display

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This painting shows the view from the artist's studio in an eighteenth century house in east London. Eyton made a number of paintings of the view seen here, which includes a derelict house and a synagogue. This painting was worked on over a period of five years, during which time the view inevitably changed as houses were refurbished. Eyton chose a large canvas because he wanted to express the immediacy of the scene. 'All the time I wanted it to be a true record about the houses opposite and what they looked like seen from one spot, in a particular grey light'. The frontality of the composition was influenced by his love of Italian Renaissance painting.

September 2004

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