%C2%A9 The Estate of Graham Sutherland

Three Standing Forms in a Garden, 1951

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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Roodexpand_more  63.73

Throughout his career, Graham Sutherland used semi-abstracted, haunting shapes that, like visual metaphors, designated completely different objects. The artist believed that art's duty was not to replicate the appearance of objects but to explain their essence through a substitution of forms.

During one of the most powerful periods of his career (1949 - 1953), Sutherland created several highly sculptural, monumental standing forms that employed organic shapes to evoke the essence of the human figure. In Three Standing Forms in a Garden, some of the abstracted components employed by the artist are: bamboo roots for the lower part of the figure at left; a conical pillar of stacked corn for the trunk of the middle figure and gourds and hanging maize for the form at far right.


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Three Standing Forms in a Garden
Artist Life
1903 - 1980
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