William Gear Composition 1949

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Artist
William Gear 1915–1997
Title
Composition
Date 1949
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1160 x 890 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1991
Reference
T05850
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1940

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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.

August 2004

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