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The Hands

© Bowness. Photo credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

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The artist, best known as a sculptor, witnessed operations and was allowed to sketch. In the finished paintings she concentrated on the intense but compassionate eyes of the surgeons and nurses, the movements of their hands and the grouping of figures around their patient. Her superb drawing of 'The Hands' is emphasised by the choice of a dominant, non-representational colour: yellow. Texture, achieved by scratching and scraping the pigment, suggests the surface of a sculpture.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Bristol


Date

1948

Medium

oil & pencil on panel

Measurements

H 38 x W 51.4 cm

Accession number

K1899

Acquisition method

gift from the Friends of Bristol Art Gallery, 1949

Work type

Painting


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