Carel Weight
The Rendezvous 1953

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Carel Weight 1908–1997
The Rendezvous
Date 1953
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 860 x 1110 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1953
Not on display

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'The Rendezvous' was painted in February from drawings made in the grounds of Holland Park. One aspect of the park that attracted Weight was the Victorian architecture which reminded him of cemeteries. The work is set at dusk which is the artist's favourite time of day. Weight has stated that: 'Even when I paint a landscape out of doors, and I say I'm not going to put any figures in; when I get back to the studio I always paint in figures; it would be too lonely without people'. The atmospheric setting, and the implicit ambiguity of the central action in 'The Rendezvous', are characteristic features of all Weight's work.

September 2004

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