About this artwork

‘Three Angels’ is one of Pulsford’s most important works. Painted in 1949 around the time of his marriage to the stained-glass artist Bronwen Gordon, it shows three abstracted figures in a frieze-like format. Stylistically it is very different from Pulsford’s earlier work such as ‘Untitled (Surrealist Townscape)’, which is heavily influenced by Surrealism. Here, the abstraction of the figures is similar to works by William Gear who was a contemporary of Pulsford at Edinburgh College of Art. Pulsford was not particularly religious but it has been suggested that his depiction of angels could be a stepping stone to the supernatural and mythological, which became of particular interest.

  • title:
    Three Angels
  • accession number:
    GMA 5183
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  • materials:
    Oil on board
  • date created:
    1949
  • measurements:
    91.40 x 174.00 cm (framed: 93.50 x 176.50 x 5.00 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 2012
  • copyright:
    © Estate of Charles Pulsford

Charles Pulsford

Charles Pulsford

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