John Minton Street and Railway Bridge 1946

Artwork details

Artist
John Minton 1917–1957
Title
Street and Railway Bridge
Date 1946
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 457 x 610 mm
frame: 591 x 747 x 65 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1957
Reference
T00162
Not on display

Display caption

Minton’s melancholy paintings of London during and shortly after the Second World War often include displaced people and the bombed out shells of buildings. A pile of rubble fills the foreground of this picture of a deserted London street.  Whether it is the wreckage of a bomb, a slum clearance or simply a building site is not clear, but the generally run-down character of this desolate scene compares bitterly to the quintessential Renaissance image of civic order in The Ideal City, by an unknown artist.

September 2004

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