R.B. KitajCecil Court, London W.C.2. (The Refugees) 1983-4

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Artist
R.B. Kitaj (1932‑2007)
Title
Cecil Court, London W.C.2. (The Refugees)
Date 1983-4
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1830 x 1830 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1985
Reference
T04115
Not on display

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This painting is set in Cecil Court, a street famous for its second-hand bookshops and a favourite haunt of the artist. It is one of many paintings made by Kitaj arising out of an increasing awareness of his own Jewishness. He wrote, 'I have a lot of experience of refugees from Germany and that's how this painting came about. My dad and grandmother ... just barely escaped.' The work shows the artist reclining on a sofa while figures from his life pop out of the street behind him… (read more)

September 2004

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