Field Day

Barry Flanagan OBE, RA (1941-2009)

Etching on paper from 1983, signed in pencil, dated May 3/83 and denoted AP 2/9, aside from the edition of 75.  Bears the Waddington Galleries blindstamp (the publishers), printed by the artist and Colin Dyer.

Collections: the TATE

One from a set of 4 etchings and 3 linocuts all drawn before the model, a Welsh Cob, and etched without any preliminary sketches, showing the artist’s technical skill.  Source: the TATE: Flanagan hired the horse for one day and had it brought to the yard outside his studio. In conversation with the compiler he stated: ‘I called it “Field Day” because the drawing has a beautiful form to it. It has fluency and composure. That’s reminiscent of racing and one can have a field day in the sense of an enjoyable event. Calling it “Field Day” was like naming the horse.’

The black rectangle at the bottom of the plate mark results from the etching process.

Measurements: 18 x 22 cm image size, 38 x 28 cm sheet size

Condition: Never framed, in super condition

This work has now been sold