Head of a Fool by Cecil Collins

The Fool was a recurring symbolic image in his paintings.

Details

Medium:
Gouache & ink on paper
Dimensions:
56 x 38 cm
Art Fund grant:
£3,750 ( Total: £18,000)
Acquired in:
1992
Vendor:
Anthony d'Offay Gallery

From a private symbol, he grew in the artists' mind to signify a statement of optimism in the troubled war and post war years. Often portrayed in Collins' local Devon landscape, the Fool wanders, dreams, sleeps, fully absorbed in his various activities with aninnocence of spirit. This 'Head' shows him gazing beyond the viewer, wrapt in contemplation.

Provenance

The artist's estate.

Venue details

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery Drake Circus, PLYMOUTH Devon PL4 8AJ 01752 304774 www.plymhearts.org

Entry details

Free to all

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