Julian TrevelyanWoman in a Courtyard 1933

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Artist
Julian Trevelyan (1910‑1988)
Title
Woman in a Courtyard
Date 1933
MediumOil paint, enamel paint and graphite on canvas
Dimensionsunconfirmed: 725 x 725 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mary Fedden 2002
Reference
T07833
Not on display

Summary

Painted during his third year of living in Paris, Woman in a Courtyard is typical of Trevelyan’s work of this early period; the painting’s complex central element may be seen as a multi-part figure in an architectural setting or as an interplay of geometric shapes. Deliberately ambiguous, the whole image resists any attempt at a consistently representational reading. The outline of a carafe or vase contains at its base the lower half of a dancing, naked female figure which, once out of the spotlight, rises upwards and turns into the sinuous shape of a male dancer clothed in black, and in its transformation reflects a fascination with metamorphosis then current among the Surrealists… (read more)

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