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Alan Davie

The Saint
1948
This painting is influenced by art from both the past and the present, which Davie saw while on a travelling scholarship in Italy in 1948. It was painted on paper, as this was cheap to buy and could be easily rolled up so the artist could carry it with him on his travels. Looking to the past, he drew inspiration from Byzantine mosaics and early Christian art, whilst also looking to contemporary and international art. The abstracted face of the figure and drapery over the knees are influenced by Henry Moore, while the broad and confident brushstrokes show that the artist was also looking overseas to the work of the American Abstract Expressionists.
  • Credits Purchased with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund 1997
  • Medium Oil on paper
  • Size 122.00 x 89.00 cm
© Alan Davie