Fahrelnissa Zeid

Untitled

c.1950s

In Tate Modern

Artist
Fahrelnissa Zeid 1901–1991
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 1820 × 2220 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Raad Zeid Al-Hussein 2015
Reference
T14415

Display caption

Fahrelnissa Zeid used swirling, crossing lines to paint this abstract artwork. After drawing the lines in pencil, she filled in the shapes made between them with black, green, blue and pink. The result is a complex, kaleidoscopic effect. Zeid made the painting when she was living in London in the 1950s. In 1949 she had taken her first transatlantic flight and was captivated by the abstracted perspective of aerial views. She later translated their scale and feeling into the whirling shapes that appear in this painting. A divisionist effect is achieved, whereby individual patches of colour are built up to create an overall composition.

Gallery label, November 2021

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