Bernard Cohen



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Bernard Cohen born 1933
Etching on paper
Image: 686 × 541 mm
Purchased 1982

Catalogue entry

P07756 Imitations 1981

Etching 27 × 21 1/4 (686 × 541) on Velin Arches 36 × 27 (915 × 684), printed by Nigel Oxley at Kelpra Studio and published by Waddington Graphics
Inscribed ‘Bernard Cohen 1981’ b.r. and ‘IMITATIONS 6/60’; impressed with the printer's and publisher's stamp
Purchased from Waddington Graphics (Grant-in-Aid) 1982

‘Imitations’ is from a group of four prints as follows: ‘Concerning the Meal’, ‘Imitations’, ‘The Trace’ and ‘Things Seen’. All four prints refer to the ritual of dining in domestic surroundings. The central image of P07756 is an aeroplane depicted as though reflected in a glass top table. The table itself appears to be cracked and shows signs of the meal having ended. The cracked appearance is created by Cohen's use of deliberately fragmented plates, the edge of each plate revealing an unprinted, uneven line.

The imagery imployed in this work which includes aeroplanes, paddles, paw marks and hand prints is similar to that used in the other prints in the series and refer to Cohen's own living environment near the River Thames in Kew. For a discussion on the significance of these images see the entries on P05547 ‘Concerning the Meal’ 1980 and the painting T03284 ‘Matter of Identity III - The Trace’ 1977–9 in The Tate Gallery Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions 1980–82, pp.241 and 64–7.

This entry has been approved by the artist.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

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