Graham Sutherland OMDevastation, 1941: East End, Burnt Paper Warehouse 1941

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Artist
Graham Sutherland OM (1903‑1980)
Title
Devastation, 1941: East End, Burnt Paper Warehouse
Date 1941
MediumGouache, pastel, graphite and ink on paper on card
Dimensionsimage: 673 x 1137 mm frame: 989 x 1465 x 50 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946
Reference
N05737
On display at Tate Britain
Exhibition: Ruin Lust

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Sutherland was one of several painters commissioned by the War Artists Advisory Committee to record the devastation of the London Blitz. Having first studied the wrecked buildings in the City, in May 1941 he was sent to the badly bombed docklands area of the East End. In Wapping, close to Tower Bridge, he saw great rolls of paper in the wreckage of a warehouse and made drawings on which this painting was based. Sutherland often focused on such details, which became metaphors for the human damage he was not allowed to depict.

May 2007

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