Graham Sutherland OM Standing Forms II 1952

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Artist
Title
Standing Forms II
Date 1952
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1800 x 1410 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mrs Kathleen Sutherland, the artist's widow 1980
Reference
T03113
Not on display

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These forms probably derived from plant roots or other vegetable matter. They have been redefined by the artist to suggest human presences. They represent Sutherland’s fascination with the tension between opposites: beauty and ugliness, friendliness and menace. This seems to emanate from the ambiguity of the figures themselves and the strident colouring of the painting.

September 2004

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