Victor Willing

Callot: Fusilier

1983

Not on display

Artist
Victor Willing 1928–1988
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 2500 × 2500 mm
frame: 2520 × 2528 × 50 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Charles Saatchi 1992
Reference
T06525

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In 1983 Willing made a number of paintings inspired by the engravings of the French printmaker and draughtsman, Jacques Callot (1592-1635). In particular, Willing was impressed with Callot's 'Miseries of War' series, a visual account of the Thirty Years War depicting the devastion caused by armies constantly on the move, and showing civilian life in chaos. In 'Callot: Fusilier' Willing makes a direct reference to Callot's work. A fusilier is a soldier armed with a fusil (a light flintlock musket). Willing described this image as 'the formalised head of a man with a moustache and a smile'.

Gallery label, September 2004

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