Carel Weight
Clapham Junction 1978

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Carel Weight 1908–1997
Clapham Junction
Date 1978
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 708 x 908 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1978
Not on display

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This work depicts the original high-level entrance to Clapham Junction station, looking east towards Lavender Hill. To its right, across the road, can be seen the clock tower of Arding and Hobbs department store. Weight noted that he was 'fascinated by the switch-back aspect of the composition which suggested violent movement. The rather eerie architecture supports this feeling. It is a district where violence is a frequent feature and where robbery is commonplace'. In 'Clapham Junction' Weight heightens the atmosphere of panic and suspense by emphasising the angles of the composition, by the lines of force which accentuate the movements of the figures, and by the truncated figure in the foreground.

August 2004

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