Sean Scully Fort #2 1980

Artwork details

Artist
Sean Scully born 1945
Title
Fort #2
Date 1980
Medium Oil paint on 2 canvases
Dimensions Displayed: 2137 x 2142 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996
Reference
T07161

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This work consists of two panels connected along their vertical edge, and with stripes painted across both of them. The title refers to the classical design of Roman forts, which had four sections. During the 1970s, many of Scully’s paintings had been based on a grid format. Towards the end of that decade, he began to keep the horizontal and vertical lines separate. As he explained, ‘the painting is really a separated grid, a grid that has been pulled apart’.

September 2004