Ramses Younan

Inspiration from the sea

1963

Artist
Ramses Younan 1913–1966
Original title
Inspiration de la Mer
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 826 x 1004 mm
frame: 862 x 1050 x 36 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with funds provided by the Middle East and North Africa Acquisitions Committee 2017
Reference
T14881

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Younan was an artist, writer and political activist. In the late 1930s he co-founded the Egyptian surrealist group Art and Freedom. He believed in the revolutionary power of the imagination, and used the unconscious mind as a source for his art. Starting from an initial improvisation he would develop and refine the surface of his paintings to produce complex abstract compositions. Here forms seem to dissolve and merge into each other. The colours resemble those of an Egyptian landscape.

Gallery label, January 2019

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