Christopher Le Brun PRA Forest 1987–8

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Artist
Title
Forest
Date 1987–8
Medium Oil paint on 2 canvases
Dimensions Displayed: 2355 x 5660 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1989
Reference
T05533
Not on display

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Le Brun's work moves between abstraction and recognizable subject matter. He works slowly in oils, building up the surface of the painting gradually. As a result of this process, enigmatic motifs such as a single wing, or cypress trees, emerge from the rich texture of the paint. Le Brun discourages specific interpretations of these images. He has stated: 'The image must always be beyond complete understanding' and has quoted the philosopher Heidegger's comment that 'meaning is where the interpretations lie thickest'. The sense of mystery and impenetrability which LeBrun identifies in his art is epitomised in this image of a forest. It recalls Le Brun's observation: 'I have a vision of painting as the uncut forest'.

September 2004