John Tunnard Fulcrum 1939

Artwork details

Artist
John Tunnard 1900–1971
Title
Fulcrum
Date 1939
Medium Oil paint and graphite on hardboard
Dimensions Support: 445 x 813 mm
frame: 595 x 955 x 80 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1978
Reference
T02327
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1930

Display caption

A fellow-traveller of Surrealism in Britain, Tunnard shared an interest in experimental techniques that summon up an imaginative world. He developed a unique vision of quasi-mechanical structures in deep space that remain mysterious. Tunnard was taken up by the American collector Peggy Guggenheim and shown in her London gallery in 1939. The story goes that he crossed the private view to introduce himself to a prospective collector by turning three somersaults.

July 2008

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