Geoffrey Tibble

Demolition of Verlaine’s House

1938

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Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 914 x 711 mm
frame: 1162 x 953 x 116 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1990
Reference
T05748

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Tibble was one of the leading Objective Abstraction painters. In 1937 he reverted to figurative painting, but like Moynihan's at the same time his new work showed evidence of Objective Abstraction's painterly freedom. Tibble's studio near the Euston Road School was close to 44 Howland Street, in which the French lyric poet Verlaine had lived in 1872-3. This record of that house's demolition combines bold colour and an excited seizing of shapes with a Euston Road-like concern for documenting the urban scene.

Gallery label, August 2004

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