Not on display
- Ian Hamilton Finlay 1925–2006
- Photograph, black and white, on paper
- Image: 210 x 148 mm
- Purchased 1983
P07926 Propaganda for the Wood Elves 1981
Photograph 8 1/4 × 5 13/16 (210 × 148)
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1983
Made in collaboration with Harvey Dwight from a photograph set up and taken in Finlay's garden at Little Sparta. In conversation with the compiler the artist described the image as ‘an enigmatic emblem. Visual paradox is one mode of an emblem’, adding that it referred to traditional German tree-worship and the violence of nature.
This and the following entries [P07625-P07634 and P07645-P07647] have all been approved by the artist.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986
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