John Skeaping
Fish 1929–30

Artwork details

Artist
John Skeaping 1901–1980
Title
Fish
Date 1929–30
Medium Ironstone on serpentine base
Dimensions Object: 144 x 274 x 41 mm, 2.1 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1992
Reference
T06548
Not on display

Display caption

John Skeaping and Alan Durst shared the enthusiasm for direct carving shown by Jacob Epstein’s Doves displayed on the plinth opposite. The carving of animals was particularly popular during this period because it was felt that they could be more easily abstracted than the human form. As shown by Skeaping’s Fish, carved from a large ironstone pebble, such works combine fine carving with sensitive handling of the material.

August 2004

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