Patrick Symons Oak Arch Grey (Wimbledon Common) 1977–81

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Artist
Patrick Symons 1925–1993
Title
Oak Arch Grey (Wimbledon Common)
Date 1977–81
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 892 x 795 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1983
Reference
T03552
Not on display

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Patrick Symons brought a rigorous approach to his paintings. He made numerous preliminary drawings and continually corrected his compositions, which can be analysed on many levels. He paid close attention to their geometry but also to their specific content. He was a keen botanist and this is reflected in the precision of his landscape paintings. Symons frequently worked on one subject over a long period and this is one of an extended series of intensely observed paintings of Wimbledon Common, which he first painted in 1967. The artist described the clearing in this painting as having been the site of much activity, with walkers and horses passing through. Symons himself is seen, sitting working under a tree.

September 2004

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