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Pastoral (from the portfolio Travaux Publics, Public Works)

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Pastoral (from the portfolio Travaux Publics, Public Works) 1996

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Ian Hamilton Finlay’s work on paper typically combines poetry and design, and often features phrases with historical or political undertones. This image is from the ‘Travaux Publics’ (Public Works) portfolio, which explores different ways of using text and language in art. Each artist made a proposal for a work which was shown in a public space as well as being reproduced in the portfolio. When this work was displayed at the Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands, the words were written on the gallery wall with neon light-tubes.

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A group of art works, by one or more artists, issued or housed together in a portfolio case. This often applies to photographs or prints, and portfolios often include a title page or introductory text. The term is also used to describe a group of works which exemplify an artist's work overall.



  • Acc. No. GMA 4192 F
  • Medium Screenprint on paper
  • Size 40.00 x 50.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1997