Marlow Moss Balanced Forms in Gunmetal on Cornish Granite 1956–7

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Artist
Marlow Moss 1890–1958
Title
Balanced Forms in Gunmetal on Cornish Granite
Date 1956–7
Medium Metal and granite
Dimensions Object: 220 x 330 x 285 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Miss Erica Brausen 1969
Reference
T01114

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Marlow Moss, born Marjorie Moss, studied briefly at the Slade School and then at Penzance Art School in Cornwall. In 1927 after a short but crucial visit to Paris, in which she was overwhelmed by the work of the painter Piet Mondrian, she broke off connections with England and went to live and work in Paris. She made contact with Mondrian then and subsequently became a pupil of Léger and Ozenfant. With the advent of the Second World War Moss fled from France and returned to Cornwall. There she made abstract paintings in pure colours and some geometric sculptural compositions, of which this is a rare example.

September 2004

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