William Gear Black Tree 1950

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William Gear 1915–1997
Black Tree
Date 1950
Medium Lithograph on paper
Dimensions Image: 500 x 377 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1988
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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The British artist William Gear was introduced to the CoBrA group through the artist Stephen Gilbert whose work is shown nearby. He often assigned titles to his works in retrospect, viewing them as useful tools that ‘can sometimes set the tone of a work of art or give a lead to the spectator’. Here, thick intersecting lines seem to grow across the sheet, suggesting organic forms.

July 2005

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