Geoffrey Tibble Demolition of Verlaine’s House 1938

Artwork details

Artist
Geoffrey Tibble 1909–1952
Title
Demolition of Verlaine’s House
Date 1938
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
Not on display

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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.

August 2004

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