About this artwork

“We are driven by everything that is slightly taboo, by the forbidden.” Sexuality is a central theme of Gilbert & George’s work, which is explored in images that are often provocative and disconcerting. ‘Hunger’ and ‘Thirst’ show a sexual act that is depicted in a cartoon-like, almost diagrammatic, manner. The artists have commented on these works: “we wanted to confront the viewers in a museum, as normally you don’t see this stuff, and make them accept it. It was done in a cartoon like way because in reality they would never have been accepted at that time”.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    THIRST
  • date created:
    1982
  • materials:
    16 photographs, gelatin silver print on paper with dye on paper mounted onto board
  • measurements:
    242.40 x 202.00 x 25 cm (16 panels, framed)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • accession number:
    AR00174
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George