Harry Holland



In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Harry Holland born 1941
Lithograph on paper
Image: 153 × 157 mm
Purchased 1983

Catalogue entry

P07807 TV 1982

Lithograph 6 × 6 1/8 (153 × 157) on paper 15 × 11 3/4 (381 × 282) watermarked ‘Fabriano 100/100 cotton’, printed by Nick Hunter and published by Garton & Cooke
Inscribed ‘W H. Holland’ b.r. and ‘1/30’
Purchased from Robin Garton (Grant-in-Aid) 1983

The following entry is based on information supplied by the artist in a letter dated 21 April 1986. It has been approved by the artist.

In this work and in the six related ‘Homage to Electricity’ lithographs, in which the same title appears in different languages, Holland explores an image in which two naked girls are seen absorbed in a domestic task. In the first case, the girls seem to be switching on or tuning a television set. In the other prints they are involved in changing an electric light bulb. Both cases reflect Holland's interest in the depiction of light in electrically lit interiors. Although the scene appears commonplace there is an underlying eroticism which transcends the ordinariness of the moment. The artist has commented on the significance of the image that ‘It is an extended visual joke e.g. as sculptures concerned with their own revelation.’

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986


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