William Gear

Composition

1949

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1160 x 890 mm
frame: 1323 x 1054 x 55 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1991
Reference
T05850

Display caption

The Scottish artist William Gear was in Paris after the war and was briefly associated with the International expressionist Cobra group. This work demonstrates how he moved away from Cobra towards the kind of controlled abstraction being practiced by a number of the younger French painters in which a prominent grid structure is combined with references to landscape. In this painting the artist disposes areas of natural colour to suggest a crystalline structure in nature.

Gallery label, August 2004

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