T00521 CP - Five 1961
Inscribed 'George' b.r.
Charcoal and pastel on paper, 25 x 18 1/8 (63.5 x 46)
Presented by Mrs John Barry Ryan through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1962
Prov: Mrs John Barry Ryan, New York and London (purchased from the artist through the Reid Gallery for presentation)
Exh: Thomas George, Reid Gallery, London, May 1962 (22, repr.)
Repr: Art International, VI, No.7, 1962, p.48
The artist wrote (n.d. March 1963) that the 'CP' in the title stands for charcoal-pastel, the combination of media with which the picture was made, and the following number indicates that this was the fifth work done in charcoal and pastel in 1961.
'Concerning its theme, I can only say that it attempts to celebrate the natural beauty of the world we live in. All my work relates closely to nature with particular emphasis on those great natural forces we see in a rushing torrent, a huge forest or a towering mountain peak. The stars, the moon, the sun, the very change from day to night and back again hold a fascination for me that I attempt to interpret in my painting.
'You may be interested to know that my favorite painter is J.M.W. Turner.'
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.273-4, reproduced p.273