About this artwork

Davie had used symbols in his work since the 1950s, but when this picture was painted, they were becoming of increasing importance. The eye and the 'ankh' symbol (a cross with a loop at the top) have their origins in Egyptian hieroglyphics. The 'ankh' is a sign for life, but also appears in the art of other cultures, with different and sometimes unknown meanings. The location of the signs and symbols in a room-like space and the clear structure of the painting, are features of Davie's art from 1968 onwards.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Barbaric Tales No. 2 [Opus O.596H]
  • date created:
    1968 / 1974
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    172.70 x 214.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by the artist 1997
  • accession number:
    GMA 4115
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Alan Davie

Alan Davie