Peter Peri Mr Collins from the A.R.P. 1940

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Artist
Peter Peri 1899–1967
Title
Mr Collins from the A.R.P.
Date 1940
Medium Concrete
Dimensions Object: 675 x 680 x 400 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1988
Reference
T05036
Not on display

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Hungarian born Peri arrived in London in 1936 as a refugee from Nazi Germany. He became a key member of the Artists International Association the anti-fascist artists' movement, and practiced a social realist style of art. In the 1930s he pioneered the use of concrete, a cheap, durable, colourable medium suitable for public sculpture. This is a major example of a number of cement figures cast between the mid-1930s and 1940s. Peri worked with Collins in the Air-Raid Rescue service and clearly conveys his empathy with this unpretentious, ordinary man. He wrote of such a character, 'however common his work, he also is entitled to become the subject of a sculptor, since he is a member of our society'.

August 2004

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