Richard Smith Four Knots 1976

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Artwork details

Artist
Richard Smith born 1931
Title
Four Knots
Date 1976
Medium Lithograph on papers and strings
Dimensions Support: 705 x 765 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1980
Reference
P07400
Not on display

Catalogue entry

P07400 FOUR KNOTS 1976

Inscribed ‘R Smith 76’ bottom centre and ‘18/50’
Lithograph with collage on folded sheet, printed by Ian Lawson and published by Bernard Jacobson, 27 3/4×30 1/8 (70.5×76.5)
Purchased from Bernard Jacobson (Grant-in-Aid) 1980

From 1968 onwards Smith had used folded or layered paper for his prints. He also used fixings - usually paper clips and from 1973 onwards, string-in preference to adhesives, intending always to keep the materials and structure of his work self-evident. ‘Four Knots’ is one of a small group of individual prints made in 1976–7; characteristics of this print, the deep parallel folds and the colour in a transparent wash with dribbles, were developed in ‘Two of a Kind, Three of a Kind’ [P07401-P07403; incomplete].

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984

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