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Title

Apocalyptic horse

1956

Artist

Albert Tucker

Australia

29 Dec 1914 - 23 Oct 1999

Alternate image of Apocalyptic horse by Albert Tucker
Alternate image of Apocalyptic horse by Albert Tucker
Alternate image of Apocalyptic horse by Albert Tucker
Alternate image of Apocalyptic horse by Albert Tucker
Alternate image of Apocalyptic horse by Albert Tucker
  • Details

    Date
    1956
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on hardboard
    Dimensions
    62.0 x 81.0 cm board; 79.4 x 97.8 x 3.2 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.l. corner, black oil "Tucker 1956".

    Credit
    Purchased 1982
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    286.1982
    Copyright
    © Albert & Barbara Tucker Foundation. Courtesy of Smith & Singer Fine Art

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    Albert Tucker

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  • About

    Tucker's paintings created outside Australia during the 1950s and 1960s reveal an affinity with the Italian painter Alberto Burri, whom he had met in Rome in 1953–54. Intrigued by the textural quality inherent in polyvinyl acetate (used by Burri to create his evocative built-up surfaces), Tucker adopted the flexible and leathery toughness of this new material into his work.

    During his time in Rome in 1954 Tucker also met his friend Sidney Nolan, who had brought with him photographs of the 1952 Queensland drought. Images of desiccated animal carcasses strewn across a parched terrain left an enduring impression on Tucker. 'Apocalyptic horse' was painted in reaction to these images, and is one of several works which display Tucker’s conversion from oils to fast-drying acrylic paint, evoking the shape and texture of the Australian outback.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 10 publications

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