Ceri Richards Blossoms 1940

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Artwork details

Artist
Ceri Richards 1903–1971
Title
Blossoms
Date 1940
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 508 x 610 mm
frame: 532 x 635 x 41 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1942
Reference
N05354
Not on display

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Although Richards’ painting of aerial bombardment was made during the Second World War, it refers back to Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia in 1935.It was inspired by a florid description of the bombing campaign written by the Italian airman Count Ciano, Mussolini’s son-in-law. Describing his series of paintings on the theme, Richards commented:‘These paintings, obscurely maybe, make flowers into explosions or vice versa, aeroplanes look like aggressive plants, and an incendiary sun rises over the landscape’

November 2006

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