Victor Willing
Callot: Fusilier 1983

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Victor Willing 1928–1988
Callot: Fusilier
Date 1983
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 2500 x 2500 mm
Acquisition Presented by Charles Saatchi 1992
Not on display

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In 1983 Willing made a number of paintings inspired by the engravings of the French printmaker and draughtsman, Jacques Callot (1592-1635). In particular, Willing was impressed with Callot's 'Miseries of War' series, a visual account of the Thirty Years War depicting the devastion caused by armies constantly on the move, and showing civilian life in chaos. In 'Callot: Fusilier' Willing makes a direct reference to Callot's work. A fusilier is a soldier armed with a fusil (a light flintlock musket). Willing described this image as 'the formalised head of a man with a moustache and a smile'.

September 2004

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