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In 1948 Turnbull left London for Paris to 'escape the prevailing postwar mood of neo-romanticism'. He returned in 1950 having made contact with many leading French artists. Turnbull was particularly struck by Giacometti's sculpture, and several works from the period, including 'Horse', demonstrate the latter's influence. This appears technically in the building up of mass on a wire armature, and formally in creating a spatial setting which feels distinct from the space inhabited by the spectator. The simple and static forms convey the idea of moving parts in space. Like most of his themes the horse (Pegasus) which he first explored in 1946, has had a symbolic role in many cultures. Other works by Turnbull are on display in Room C.

August 2004