Victor Willing Place with a Red Thing 1980

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Artist
Victor Willing 1928–1988
Title
Place with a Red Thing
Date 1980
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2000 x 2502 mm
frame: 2042 x 2540 x 60 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1980
Reference
T03186
Not on display

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This imaginary scene contains an odd collection of items, dominated by the 'red thing' named in the title. Willing wrote that the red thing 'is a tumescent thing. So much a living thing that it bleeds. While painting it I did think of it as a seedling form, but with blood, in a place of stones...Later other associations, phallic, crucifixion, doomed whale, whirling movement came to mind. It comes up out of the earth, it is not resting on it only'.

September 2004

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