Thomas Erma

Collage Painting


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Not on display

Thomas Erma 1939–1964
Ink on paper on canvas
Support: 1626 × 1302 mm
Presented by David Kluger through the American Federation of Arts 1972

Catalogue entry

Thomas Erma 1939-1964

T01573 Collage-Painting 1962

Inscribed 'ERMA '62' b.r. and 'Thomas ERMA | PARIS 1962' on back of canvas
Ink on paper mounted on canvas, 64 x 51 1/4 (162.5 x 130.2)
Presented by David Kluger through the American Federation of Arts 1972
Prov: With Galerie Karl Flinker, Paris (purchased from the artist); purchased by David Kluger, New York, 1965 and lent to the Tate Gallery 1965-72
Repr: Gérald Gassiot-Talabot, Erma (Paris 1966), p.23

Erma made collage-paintings from 1960-4 by a process very much his own. He began by making a vigorous, gestural brush drawing, which he then cut up and reassembled in various ways. He not only chopped up the drawing with a pair of scissors and stuck the pieces on to a sheet of white card, but he divided the picture into vertical bands, which were then regrouped with a broken rhythm. Finally he added a few further touches with the brush to obtain the necessary degree of unity.

Paul Jenkins recalls (letter of 18 March 1973) that this collage 'was done in my studio at 15 Rue Decrès, Paris 14, at a very happy and creative time of his life'.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.203, reproduced p.203

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