Robert Medley A Crucifixion 1992–3

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Artist
Robert Medley 1905–1994
Title
A Crucifixion
Date 1992–3
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1020 x 816 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1994
Reference
T06873
Not on display

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Around the age of eighty Medley began a series of paintings which focused on groups of naked or semi-naked male bodies, painted in a subdued palette of silvery, greeny colours. These late works were inspired by the twin forces of old age and war. This painting began as a composition in which semi-naked men were exercising in a gymnasium, and the figure at the top was inspired by a diver jumping on a springboard. Friends, seeing the work in progress, commented on how this figure reminded them of a crucified person and Medley then took up this theme. It is not the Crucifixion and it presents the subject in a general rather than a particular way.

September 2004