Julian Trevelyan A Symposium 1936

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Artist
Julian Trevelyan 1910–1988
Title
A Symposium
Date 1936
Medium Oil paint and graphite on board
Dimensions Object: 660 x 918 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1966
Reference
T00887

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Trevelyan became interested in Surrealism while at Cambridge, and came to know many of the movement’s leading artists when he lived in Paris in 1931-4. Influenced by Klee and encouraged by his friendship with Miró and Calder, he gradually developed his own mode of abstract Surrealism. In A Symposium Trevelyan combined painting and carving and attached parts to the wooden panel. He later recalled: ‘I had invented a sort of mythology of cities, of fragile structures carrying here and there a few waif-like inhabitants.’

December 2005

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