Crazy Gondolier by Alan Davie

Davie was one of the first British artists to be inspired by American Abstract Expressionism.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
183 x 244.2 x 2.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£20,000 ( Total: £81,415)
Acquired in:
2009
Vendor:
Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert

The most prominent and significant element of Alan Davie's work is the incorporation of totemic, shamanic symbols. This painting features many of these symbolic images including the snake, inverted cross and rainbow. Although his work was beginning to be more structured, elements of the painting reveal a continued interest in the unconscious, unmediated gesture. This is the first painting by Davie to enter the national collection and the museum spent time researching a key work to enhance its significant collection of twentieth century British art.

Provenance

Mrs Alan Davie; private collection; Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert.

Venue details

National Museum Cardiff Cathays Park, CARDIFF Cardiff CF10 3NP 029 2039 7951 museum.wales/

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