William Turnbull

Head

1953

Medium
Monotype on paper
Dimensions
Image: 454 x 355 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1990
Reference
P77466

Display caption

The most persistent motif in Turnbull's work between 1950 and 1957 was the head, which he treated both in two and three dimensions and in relief. This motif permitted direct mark-making without the complications of any search for subject matter. It was a means of combining emotional detachment with material immediacy. Like many of Turnbull's paintings of heads made at the same time this monotype asserts both the flatness of the image and the clarity of each of the individually scored lines by which it is animated.

Gallery label, August 2004

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