Derrick Greaves Falling I 1984–5,1992–3

Artwork details

Artist
Derrick Greaves born 1927
Title
Falling I
Date 1984–5,1992–3
Medium Oil paint, acrylic paint and paper on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1588 x 1593 x 42 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with funds provided by Janet McIntyre 1998
Reference
T07470
Not on display

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In the 1950s Greaves was considered to be one of the so-called Kitchen Sink artists whose work dealt with mundane aspects of everyday life. is one of a number of later works which show his progression away from realistic depictions towards abstraction. Made out of fragments of torn paper, it shows a figure falling forward, his head and shoulders obscured by an area of black. The jagged red lines, like wounds or scars, suggest Greaves is referring to the biblical of mankind.

September 2004