Graham Sutherland OM Head III 1953

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Artist
Title
Head III
Date 1953
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1143 x 883 mm
frame: 1384 x 1130 x 85 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1953
Reference
N06183
Not on display

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This delicately painted creature is the invention of Sutherland’s imagination though it resembles an insect or a crustacean. The frontality of its pose and gaze and the simplicity of the background relate to the work of Alberto Giacometti and Sutherland’s good friend Francis Bacon. Such creatures, or ‘presences’, were seen as threatening or pessimistic but Sutherland tended to resist such straight-forward interpretations.

February 2004

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