Sean Scully



In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Sean Scully born 1945
Aquatint on paper
Image: 117 × 174 mm
Presented by the artist and the Limited Editions Club 1992

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This is a set of proofs Scully made for a limited, illustrated edition of Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness'. Conrad's book, first published in 1902, tells the story of Marlow's quest to locate Kurtz, a highly successful ivory trader in Africa. Initially beset by difficulties, Marlow finally undertakes an arduous river journey through the dense forest which he compares to 'travelling back to the earliest beginnings of the world'. When he eventually finds Kurtz he discovers a man who has used his superior knowledge and his gun to create and reign over a satanic kingdom. Kurtz justifies his actions stating that he has seen into the very heart of things.

Gallery label, March 1995

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