Tuesday 29 April 2014

Tate Britain - the permanent collection

 Tate Britain. Some pieces from their permanent collection.
After a long and stimulating day in London we ended up at Tate Britain, with very little time left. It was our first visit since the recent 'refurbishment' and looking at some of the permanent exhibits was a delight - we would have liked to have spent much longer there, and a visit in the near future is a must.
The permanent collection of British art, from 1500 to the present, has been rehang - the display is chronological allowing a rich cross-section of British art in each era. Given our limited time there, we were unable to look in each gallery at leisure, so this is a small sample of some of my favourites, not in chronological order. A more leisurely look will have to wait for another time.


Reg Butler, Woman, 1949 (forged steel) 

J.D. Ferguson, Blue Beads, 1910, (oil on board)

Vanessa Bell, Strudland Beach, 1912 (oil on canvas) 
One of my favourite paintings of all time, such a shame about the reflection of the light on top of the canvas.


Bruce Turner, Pavlova, 1912 (oil on canvas)

Frances Hodgkins,  Loveday and Anne: Two Women with a Basket of Flowers, 1915, (oil on canvas)

Jessica Dismorr, Abstract Composition, 1915 (oil on wood)

David Bomberg, The Mud Bath, 1914, (oil on canvas)

Ben Nicholson, 1932 (painting), 1932  (oil, graphite and gesso on hardboard)

 Winifred Nicholson, Sandpipers, Alnmouth, 1933 (oil and sand on plywood)


Jacob Epstein, Jacob and the Angel (single block of alabaster)

looking closer 

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946, (elm and strings on oak base)

a different view

 Eduardo Paolozzi, Forms on a Bow, 1949 (bronze on oakwood base)

Lucian Freud, Girl with Kitten, 1947 (oil on canvas)

William Scott, Orange, Black and White Composition, 1953 (oil on canvas)

Mary Martin, Expanding Form, 1954 (wood and emulsion paint)

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55, (guarea wood and paint on wooden base)

Henry Moore, Reclining Figure, 1957, (bronze)

a different view 

looking closer

Ben Nicholson, August 1956 (Val d'Orcia), 1956 (oil, gesso and graphite on board)

Eduardo Paolozzi, Cyclops, 1957 (bronze)

Patrick Heron, Azalea Garden: May 1956, 1956 (oil on canvas) 

Anthony Caro, Woman Waking up, 1955 (bronze)

a different view

Francis Bacon, Study for a Portrait, 1952 (oil and sand on canvas)

Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham, Glacier Crystal, Grindelwald, 1950 (oil on canvas)

Hubert Dalwood, O.A.S. Assassins, 1962 (aluminium and fabric) 
The right-wing French paramilitary Organisation de l'Armee Secrete fought unsuccessfully to prevent Algeria's secession from France in the Algerian War, 1954-62.

Henry Moore  

a different view

looking closer

Henry Moore, Figure on Steps, 1956 (bronze)

Francis Bacon, Triptych, August 1972, 1972 (oil on three canvases)

Gillian Ayres, Break-Off, 1961, (oil on canvas)

John Hoyland, 28.5.66, 1966 (oil on canvas) 

David Hockney, A Bigger Splash, 1967 (acrylic on canvas)

Bridget Riley, Hesitate, 1964, (oil on canvas). 

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