William Turnbull

Aquarium

About this artwork

This unique bronze was made in Paris in 1949 on a two-year stay, during which Turnbull was confronted with some of the most advanced art of the pre- and post-war years. It was here he met artists such as Alberto Giacometti, and Constantin Brancusi. ‘Aquarium’ is one of a number of table-top sculptures with flat bases and thin linear elements growing out of them. The impact of Giacometti’s pre-war, surrealist works is plain to see, but Turnbull creates something new and unique. The fish-like forms perched on top of their thin pedestals can also be read as arrows, pointing out the direction in which they are swimming. Turnbull was fascinated by the way that schools of fish moved through the water in unison, each at their different levels.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    William TurnbullScottish (1922 - 2012)
  • title:
    Aquarium
  • date created:
    1949
  • materials:
    Bronze
  • measurements:
    28.00 x 38.00 x 50.80 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased from the Henry and Sula Walton Fund with help from the Art Fund, 2014
  • accession number:
    GMA 5491
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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William Turnbull

William Turnbull