Stephen Gilbert Untitled 1947

Artwork details

Artist
Stephen Gilbert 1910–2007
Title
Untitled
Date 1947
Medium Monotype on paper
Dimensions Image: 314 x 235 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1987
Reference
P77188
Not on display

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Gilbert made drawings like these as a way of coming up with ideas for his paintings. Organic shapes, heads and fantastic animals emerge in these images, tangled up with vigorous lines. The same triangular face can be found in both the monotype print and one of the ink drawings. This combination is characteristic of the work Gilbert made after settling in Paris in 1945. They move away from earlier, more explicit animal forms and show his development towards a fluid abstraction. This shift coincided with Gilbert’s involvement with CoBrA.

July 2005

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