Edward Middleditch

Crowd, Earls Court

1954

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Oil paint on board
Dimensions
Support: 1830 x 1200 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 2012
Reference
T13659

Display caption

Middleditch was one of a group known as the kitchen sink artists, who were at the forefront of the social realist art movement in the 1950s. They concentrated on everyday details of ordinary lives without overt political comment. Here, a crowd is the focus of the painting and is depicted as only one part of the dramatic yet mundane scene. Middleditch’s use of dull colours and stark contrasts creates a sense of ambiguity and melancholy, reflecting the postwar austerity of the time.

Gallery label, September 2016