Judit Reigl

Mass Writing

1961

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Artist
Judit Reigl born 1923
Original title
Ecriture en masse
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1266 x 1457 x 25 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Winifred Miller and Cecilia Kerr 2006
Reference
T12310

Not on display

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Emerging from Reigl’s interest in action and gesture, this painting shows the result of an intense and concise engagement with materials. She cut directly into a rich black and orange layer in a burst of energy which is held in the paint. ‘I work with my entire body, to my full arms’ reach’, she has explained. Reigl comes from a senior generation of European artists who established a gestural abstraction in the post-war years. Mass Writing was influenced by Surrealist automatism, which she encountered in Paris after escaping communist Hungary in 1950.

Gallery label, May 2008

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