F.E. McWilliam Profile 1940

Artwork details

Artist
F.E. McWilliam 1909–1992
Title
Profile
Date 1940
Medium Lignum Vitea
Dimensions Object: 622 x 178 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1963
Reference
T00599

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During 1939−40, McWilliam made a series of carvings in wood and stone which he entitled The Complete Fragment. ‘These carvings were mostly part or parts of the head, greatly magnified and complete in themselves’, he later explained. ‘They concern the play of solid and void, the solid element being the sculpture itself while the “missing” part inhabits the space around the sculpture’. Carved over a period of six months from a single piece of lignum vitae, Profile was the last work he completed before joining the RAF in 1940.

July 2013

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