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Aitchison's paintings normally feature just one or two simple elements, such as a bird, a vase or a tree, set squarely in the centre of the canvas. Extraneous detail is rigorously edited out, colours are rarely modulated but flatly applied and worked deep onto the weave of the canvas. Aitchison’s choice of subject matter was also highly selective, being principally animals, plants and, from 1963, portraits which a evoke pre-industrial age of innocence. He has also produced an important series of crucifixions and nativities. 'Crucifixion', painted in 1993, is from this series.

The Fleming Collection







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H 50.8 x W 45.7 cm

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The Fleming Collection

14 Buckingham Street, London, Greater London WC2N 6DF England

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