Eric Gill
Ecstasy 1910–1

Artwork details

Artist
Eric Gill 1882–1940
Title
Ecstasy
Date 1910–1
Medium Hoptonwood stone
Dimensions Object: 1372 x 457 x 228 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1982
Reference
T03477
Not on display

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Gill wanted to return to ‘direct carving’ of stone and worked on this relief over a period of seven months. He was influenced by the graceful, simplified forms of carved, medieval religious sculptures in Europe and India. Some Indian temple sculpture showed embracing couples and British artists such as Gill became more informed about such sculpture through the India Society, founded in 1910. Gill did not exhibit this work, selling it in 1912 to Edward Warren, who already owned a version of Rodin’s The Kiss.

February 2016

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