Reuben Mednikoff Untitled Drawing 1936

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Artist
Reuben Mednikoff 1906–1972
Title
Untitled Drawing
Date 1936
Medium Ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 380 x 255 mm
frame: 527 x 425 x 20 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1984
Reference
T03890
Not on display

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Mednikoff was a painter associated with the British Surrealist group, who worked in close collaboration with the psychoanalyst Grace Pailthorpe. Both of them would paint, and then conduct a Freudian analysis of each other’s work, a process described by Pailthorpe in her 1938 article ‘The Scientific Aspect of Surrealism’. Mednikoff inscribed the back of this drawing: ‘eyes, eyes, eyes and arrows. The same need to see + attack + possess with the eyes. Wanting to see things - my insatiable curiosity.’ Forbidden, sexually charged vision emerged as an obsession, whose violence Mednikoff channeled through his drawings.

July 2011

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