Arthur JacksonPainting 1937

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Artist
Arthur Jackson (1911‑2003)
Title
Painting
Date 1937
MediumOil paint and graphite on canvas board
Dimensionssupport: 254 x 356 mm frame: 353 x 456 x 22 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1965
Reference
T00732
Not on display

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This painting was made in the same year that Naum Gabo wrote an article called ‘The Constructive Idea in Art’ in the anthology Circle. Gabo proposed that form and content should be ‘one and the same thing’, in science, architecture and design as well as in art. He offered the fluidity and poise that Jackson achieved in this small painting as an example of the Constructive idea. Using a combination of precise measurements and intuition, Jackson over-layers the forms to give the painting a three-dimensional quality.

February 2010

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