Jack SmithFigure in a Room I 1959

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Artist
Jack Smith (1928‑2011)
Title
Figure in a Room I
Date 1959
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1524 x 1524 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mr and Mrs Kenneth Levy through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1965
Reference
T00754
Not on display

Catalogue entry

Jack Smith 1928-2011

T00754 Figure in a Room I 1959

Inscr. ‘Jack Smith 59’ on back of canvas.
Canvas (double), 60 x 60 (152.5 x 152.5). Presented by Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Levy through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1965.
Coll: Purchased from the artist by Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Levy at the Whitechapel Art Gallery 1959.
Exh: Whitechapel Art Gallery, May–June 1959 (65).

Mark Roskill wrote in the Biographical note for the Catalogue of the Whitechapel Gallery Exhibition, 1959, p. 5, that in 1957–9 the artist was ‘preoccupied with the problem involved in giving form to the pictorial expression of light; the expressionist concern with the identity of objects gives place to a complete absorption in this effort to make forms lose their functional identity in order to free the movement of the engulfing presence of light. The realization that light is generally only seen in terms of defining objects is followed by an attempt to reverse the process and depict light through the forms of intervening objects’… (read more)

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