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The deliberate mark making in Tirr’s abstract composition reflects the influence of Japanese woodblock prints, in which he became interested in the 1950s. His work plays with the possibilities of abstraction. Willy Tirr was born in Stettin, Germany in 1915. In 1938, after the rise of Nazism, he settled in England. During the Second World War he was interned in both England and Australia, before joining the army and working for the Intelligence Corps.
oil on canvas
H 173 x W 126 cm
gift from the artist