Graham Sutherland OM Crucifixion 1946

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Crucifixion
Date 1946
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 908 x 1016 mm
frame: 1168 x 1472 x 83 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1947
Reference
N05774
On loan to Djanogly Art Gallery (Nottingham, UK)

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This is one of a series made by Sutherland in preparation for a larger version commissioned for a church in Northampton. The sources on which he drew indicate the way he saw the theme in terms of past paintings, the individual and recent historical events. His primary reference point was Matthias Grunewald’s famous Issenhiem altarpiece (illustrated to the left), in which Christ is shown anguished and blistered; Sutherland drew himself slung from the ceiling. He also referred to recently released photographs of dead and starving Concentration Camp victims.

September 2004

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