Karl Weschke
Body on the Beach 1977–8

Artwork details

Karl Weschke 1925–2005
Body on the Beach
Date 1977–8
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1730 x 1299 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1981
Not on display

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Weschke painted this in his Cape Cornwall studio. Its theme relates to an accident the artist had while diving for lobster pots, forcing him to make an emergency ascent from one hundred and twenty feet under the sea. He was placed on the beach by his companions and as he lay there recovering he said he felt like a piece of meat. Originally the painting was much brighter but Weschke felt that the colours were too theatrical. He has commented that the painting is about 'a person in the ultimate situation of distress.'

September 2004

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