- Ithell Colquhoun 1906–1988
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 205 × 157 mm
- Presented by the National Trust 2016
Ithell Colquhoun created the crosses and circles in the foreground of this work following an intuitive approach. She then set them in featureless architectural space. The title refers to the military wing of the leftist National Liberation Front in the Greek Civil War. The painting may be Colquhoun’s response to the events of 3 December 1944 in Athens, when troops fired on an unarmed pro-Liberation Front rally. With this context in mind, the painting evokes a scene of conflict and death. The heaped shapes and area of dark red suggest a pile of bodies seeping blood.
Gallery label, September 2023
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