William Gear Interior 1949

Artwork details

Artist
William Gear 1915–1997
Title
Interior
Date 1949
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1003 x 819 mm
frame: 1046 x 862 x 51 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1961
Reference
T00405
Not on display

Display caption

After active service in the Second World War, the Scottish artist William Gear moved to Paris in 1947. There he came into contact with Constant who invited him to contribute to the 1949 CoBrA exhibition in Amsterdam. Interior is a transitional work from that period. The strong colour and simplified forms recall Gear’s earlier, freely-handled works. At the same time, the exaggerated outlines anticipate his development of a more controlled abstraction.

August 2004

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