Robert Helman born 1910
(Hanukkah Lamp) 1956
Inscribed 'HELMAN' b.l. and 'Chandelier | HELMAN | 1956' on back of canvas
Oil on canvas, 31 3/8 x 31 3/8 (79.5 x 79.5)
Presented by Mr and Mrs Alexander Margulies 1959
Prov: Mr and Mrs Alexander Margulies, London (purchased from the artist)
Lit: Denys Chevalier, 'Robert Helman' in XXe Siècle, No.14, 1960, pp.38-40
The artist has confirmed that the original title of this picture is 'Candile'. This is a name given to the Jewish ritual objects usually known in English as Hanukkah lamps.
'At that period', he wrote, 'I worked for two years on a series of paintings entitled "Hebrew Series" in which I developed the complexity and reciprocal influence of Hebrew writing, of life, and the objects of life - It was, moreover, from this that was developed the whole evolution of graphic and gestural expression which has persisted in my work up to this day' (letter of July 1960).
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.361, reproduced p.361