Gilbert & George

Fallen Leaves

1980

Medium
16 hand-coloured photographs, gelatin silver print on paper on board
Dimensions
Displayed: 2424 x 2020 x 25 mm
Acquisition
ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Reference
AR00171

Display caption

Fallen Leaves is one of a series of over a hundred works collectively titled ‘Modern Fears’ which explicitly invoke death and decay. The artists have said of this period that ‘we felt the style of the Western world, the fabric of its life, was very threatened’. With this body of work they presented both the bleak horror and great beauty of life as they saw it in their immediate urban environment. The series depicts many figures who appear to be disenfranchised from mainstream society. Fallen Leaves, for example, depicts close up the inscrutable features of a local tramp.

Gallery label, February 2010