Ithell Colquhoun (1906-1988)
Rivieres Tiedes (Mediterranee)
Colquhoun encountered Surrealism in Paris in the early 1930s and was influenced by Salvador Dali's double images, where the same part of a picture could be read as different objects. She was a member of the British Surrealist group from 1936 to 1940. Colquhoun shared the Surrealist interest in the occult and alchemy; magical theories were an important element in her life and work.
Rivieres Tiedes is based on a church Colquhoun saw in Corsica. It is a mysterious and disturbing painting: snake-like rivulets of coloured liquid seep from four closed doors. Colquhoun wrote that her paintings at this time had erotic themes and the title comes from a poem about fading love by Mallarme. It has been suggested the coloured fluids may hint at an alchemical transformation occurring inside the building.← Back to the Collection
|Medium||oil on wood|
|Dimensions||911mm x 612mm|
|Acquisition Number||SOTAG : 1977/46|
|Credit Line||Purchased in 1977 through the Frederick William Smith Bequest Fund|