Emil Schumacher

3/1959

1959

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Emil Schumacher 1912–1999
Medium
Aquatint and drypoint on paper
Dimensions
Image: 348 x 305 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1991
Reference
P77508

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Describing the development of Composition, Schumacher has said that the first line was purely instinctive, while each subsequent line was determined by the emerging pattern. He regarded making works such as these as a gradual process of discovery, which he compared to understanding a story as it unfolded. Although he acknowledged that recognisable figures could be detected within the surface of his works, Schumacher considered them to be predominantly abstract.

Gallery label, August 2004

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