Graham Sutherland OM Devastation, 1941: East End, Wrecked Public House 1941

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Devastation, 1941: East End, Wrecked Public House
Date 1941
Medium Crayon, ink, pastel and gouache on paper on plywood
Dimensions Support: 673 x 476 mm
frame (Carry Frame): 1030 x 928 x 148 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946
Reference
N05735
Not on display

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This is one of several paintings Sutherland made of the Silvertown area of London’s East End. Close to the docks, this was one of London’s most impoverished areas and suffered some of the most devastating damage. The artist was greatly moved by the destruction and loss of life. He may have chosen the subject of a pub as a symbolic centre of a community. Though he never depicted dead bodies, he seems to use the broken building as a symbol, as its broken rafters suggest ribs.

May 2007

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