William Turnbull Tragic Mask 1979

Artwork details

Artist
William Turnbull 1922–2012
Title
Tragic Mask
Date 1979
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 162 x 149 x 41 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Sainsbury Charitable Fund through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1981
Reference
T03272
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T03272 TRAGIC MASK 1979

Stamped ‘T’ and inscribed ‘2/9’ and ‘79’ at bottom of reverse
Bronze, 6 3/8×5 15/16×1 9/16 (16.2×15.1×4.1)
Presented by the Sainsbury Charitable Fund through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1981
Prov: The artist; Waddington Galleries
Lit: As for T03270

See entry on T03270, above.

Seven bronze ‘Masks’ of 1953 are reproduced in the catalogue of Turnbull's Tate Gallery retrospective of 1973, p.31. His 1981 exhibition included two other ‘Masks’ and he has made others, not yet cast, in the present group of sculptures.

Turnbull finds it very difficult to separate the idea of a mask from that of theatre (of all times and places). The word ‘tragic’ in this work's title was not given until the appearance of the finished work suggested it.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984

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