Helen Saunders

Abstract Multicoloured Design

c.1915

Not on display

Artist
Helen Saunders 1885–1963
Medium
Gouache, watercolour and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 359 × 257 mm
frame: 580 × 428 × 26 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Miss Ethel M. Saunders in memory of her sister 1963
Reference
T00624

Display caption

Images of hands and facial features are hidden within this jagged composition. There is an eye, a nose and a mouth. The fragmented figure seems to be mounted on a diagonally thrusting rocket. The fusion of man and machine was a common theme for the vorticists. However, many became increasingly disillusioned with the supposed dynamism of the machine age in the face of the mechanised killing during the First World War.

Gallery label, October 2020

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Catalogue entry

T00624 ABSTRACT MULTICOLOURED DESIGN c. 1915

Not inscribed.
Gouache, watercolour and pencil on paper, irregularly shaped, approx. 14 1/4×10 1/4 (36×25·5).
Presented by Ethel M. Saunders in memory of her sister 1963.
Coll: As for T00622.

See T00622.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II

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