Sean Scully White Window 1988

Artwork details

Artist
Sean Scully born 1945
Title
White Window
Date 1988
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2455 x 3725 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1989
Reference
T05724
Not on display

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White Window is one of Scully’s largest works. He has described its dynamic, deliberately unresolved composition as a work of ‘uncensored emotion’. The dark stripes, painted in various widths, push oppressively against each other. Their thick brushwork contrasts with the lighter, more energetic handling of the ‘window’, an inserted white panel that literally opens up the composition. The clearly-defined lines of the window also provide a contrast with the wavering edges of the horizontal and vertical stripes.

September 2004