Joe TilsonLiknon 3 1987

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Artist
Joe Tilson (born 1928)
Title
Liknon 3
Date 1987
MediumOil paint on canvas on wood
Dimensionssupport: 1966 x 1975 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1988
Reference
T05465
Not on display

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Tilson, who works in both England and Italy, has known the Mediterranean world for almost fifty years. The materials and handling of his early paintings displayed a sensuousness roughness. From his Pop period onwards formal structures were prominent in his work, and in the 1970s the four Elements became a major theme. 'Liknon 3' links all these concerns. In ancient Greece the 'liknon' was the winnowing fan used to throw grain into the air to separate chaff from wheat. In each painting in this series a still life of fruits of the earth is surrounded by panels inspired by painted imitations of marble… (read more)

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