Graham Sutherland OM Horned Forms 1944

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Horned Forms
Date 1944
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 813 x 641 mm
frame: 1012 x 848 x 65 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1966
Not on display

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This threatening creature was based on a root which Sutherland found in Kent and which he took back to the studio. Through his characteristic ‘paraphrasing’ of its form it has metamorphosed into an imagined animal as suggested by the work's title. The air of threat and strangeness is further enhanced by the bright, acidic colours of the landscape it seems to dominate.

September 2004

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