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Treble Buddha Bill Jacklin

Artist

Bill Jacklin London, 1943 –

Date 1977
Object type drawing
Medium, technique watercolour on paper
Dimensions

79 x 58 cm

Inventory number MO.91.21
Collection Department of Art after 1800
On view This artwork is not on display

After 1975, with considerable professional and material success behind him, Jacklin gave up the abstract trend of systematic reduction. The turning-point was 1977, when he quite unexpectedly exhibited figural watercolours – mostly still-lives – with one or more Buddha heads, or a vase, on a table-cloth of geometrical pattern. Jacklin’s main interest was again the motion of light and the change of its nature, but here, unlike earlier, this was connected to solid objective forms. However, he captured the objects, forms, surfaces at a transitional moment at which everything began to turn into its opposite, the ambition to represent turned into abstraction. Rhythmic multiplication, the cross-references of formal elements were the bottomline of these compositions.

Ferenc Tóth

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