William Gear Danse macabre 1948

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Artist
William Gear 1915–1997
Title
Danse macabre
Date 1948
Medium Ink and gouache on paper
Dimensions Support: 369 x 539 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1987
Reference
T04995
Not on display

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The artist described this painting as having a sense of ‘wild abandon and somewhat sinister mood’. Gear’s free handling of paint and the suggestions of the demonic and primitive were in tune with the concerns of the CoBrA artists, with whom he exhibited in 1949. The artist said he used gouache because it gave him ‘the freedom of working in a spontaneous free style’.

July 2005

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