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This is an example of the photo-realist style which regained popularity among some artists in the 1970s. It takes an unexceptional object as the focus of a large work. The sea-grass stool is lovingly described in all its everyday familiarity while the inclusion of the sensitively painted tumbler uneasily balanced on the edge adds a note of tension.

University of Warwick


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  • Medium

    gloss paint on wood

  • Measurements

    122.2 x 122.7 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    purchased from the Bertrand Russell Memorial, 1962


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University of Warwick

Mead Gallery University of Warwick, Coventry, West Midlands CV4 7AL England

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