Gertrude Hermes

One Person


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Gertrude Hermes 1901–1983
Wood engraving on paper
Image: 346 × 337 mm
Purchased 1984

Catalogue entry

Gertrude Hermes 1901-1983

P77070 One Person 1937

Wood engraving 346 x 337 (13 5/8 x 13 1/4) on hexagonal laid paper 477 x 489 (18 3/4 x 19); printed and published by the artist in an edition of 30
Inscribed ‘One Person 27/30' below image left of centre, ‘Gertrude Hermes 1937' below image right of centre and ‘bottom of frame to be parallel with this line (misprinted)' bottom centre
Purchased from the artist's daughter Judy Russell (Grant-in-Aid) 1984

P77070 is cut from a circular wood block, as are five other wood engravings by Hermes. These other examples are ‘The Five Senses' 1934 (repr. Gertrude Hermes, exh. cat., Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1967, [p.18]), ‘Autumn Fruits' 1935, ‘Clasped Hands' 1939, ‘The Warrior's Tomb' 1941 (repr. ibid., [p.18]) and ‘Avocets' 1948. The aquatic and womb-like nature of the environment which surrounds the naked male figure is discussed in the entries P77067, P77068 and P77069.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions Including Supplement to Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84, Tate Gallery, London 1988, p.380


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