David JonesAphrodite in Aulis 1940-1

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Artist
David Jones (1895‑1974)
Title
Aphrodite in Aulis
Date 1940-1
MediumGraphite, ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 629 x 498 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1976
Reference
T02036
Not on display

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After fighting in the First World War, Jones went to art school in 1918. Long enthusiastic about Blake, in 1943 Jones saw Blake's Body of Abel, shown in this display, much enlarged at a lantern slide lecture. His awareness of Blake's 'overwhelmimg' qualities grew. As a watercolourist, engraver and poet, Jones has obvious affinities with Blake. Aphrodite was drawn during the Second World War. Its Classical and Christian allusions are comparable with Blake's use of art when commenting on contemporary events. The Greek goddess of love and fertility, chained to an altar, is flanked by a British and German soldier.

August 2004

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