Charles SimsStudy for 'I am the Abyss and I am Light' 1928

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Artist
Charles Sims (1873‑1928)
Title
Study for 'I am the Abyss and I am Light'
Date 1928
MediumGouache, graphite and chalk on paper on board
Dimensionssupport: 285 x 400 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1997
Reference
T07299
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Summary

This watercolour is a study for the tempera painting I Am the Abyss and I Am Light (Tate Gallery N04396), one of Sims's 'spiritual series' which was interrupted by the artist's suicide. The paintings were exhibited as a group at the Royal Academy in 1928 as a memorial to Sims, who had been the Keeper of the Academy.

This study differs quite considerably from the final painting. It is more clearly figurative ( the abstract shapes on the left side of the finished work can be discerned in the watercolour as a representation of the Creator. From this study, Sims's process of abstraction which led to the final painting can be determined. Another study for I Am the Abyss and I Am Light is in the collection of the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester… (read more)

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