William Gear

Black Tree

1950

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
William Gear 1915–1997
Medium
Lithograph on paper
Dimensions
Image: 500 x 377 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1988
Reference
P77260

Display caption

The British artist William Gear was introduced to the CoBrA group through the artist Stephen Gilbert whose work is shown nearby. He often assigned titles to his works in retrospect, viewing them as useful tools that ‘can sometimes set the tone of a work of art or give a lead to the spectator’. Here, thick intersecting lines seem to grow across the sheet, suggesting organic forms.

Gallery label, July 2005

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