Eric Gill Eve 1928

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Artwork details

Artist
Eric Gill 1882–1940
Title
Eve
Date 1928
Medium Bath stone
Dimensions Object: 737 x 152 x 152 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Hugh W. Rawlinson 1963
Reference
T00583
Not on display

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In the 1920s, the new critical approach of writers such as Roger Fry and R.H. Wilenski released a number of British sculptors from a slavish veneration of Greek art. They began to question classical standards of beauty by looking afresh at the art of non-European cultures. Eric Gill's interest in the art of non-European cultures developed before the 1920s, largely through the influence of the philosopher and theologian Ananda Coomaraswamy. In 1908 Coomaraswamy's lecture on Indian Art made a deep impression on Gill. In this sculpture Gill explores the relationship between the sacred and the profane, drawing in particular on traditional Indian sculpture.

September 2004

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