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Zebra and Parachute

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'Zebra and Parachute' was one of Wood’s last paintings. The image brings together an unusual collection of elements that give the work a surrealist flavour. A zebra appears against the backdrop of a modernist building. The animal stands on the building’s roof terrace near a raised flowerbed. The distinctive lines of the architecture, which include strong diagonals produced by a zig-zagging ramp and the cylindrical forms of two chimneys or towers in the background, suggest an almost abstract arrangement that contrasts with the altogether different pattern produced by the zebra’s stripes.

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Date

1930

Medium

Oil on canvas

Measurements

H 45.7 x W 55.9 cm

Accession number

T12038

Acquisition method

Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the Tate Gallery 2004

Work type

Painting


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