An image of Apocalyptic horse

Albert Tucker

(Australia 29 Dec 1914 – 23 Oct 1999)

Apocalyptic horse

Location
Not on display
Further information

Tucker's paintings created outside Australia during the 1950s and 1960s reveal an affinity with the Italian painter Alberto Burri, whom he had met in Rome in 1953–54. Intrigued by the textural quality inherent in polyvinyl acetate (used by Burri to create his evocative built-up surfaces), Tucker adopted the flexible and leathery toughness of this new material into his work.

During his time in Rome in 1954 Tucker also met his friend Sidney Nolan, who had brought with him photographs of the 1952 Queensland drought. Images of desiccated animal carcasses strewn across a parched terrain left an enduring impression on Tucker. 'Apocalyptic horse' was painted in reaction to these images, and is one of several works which display Tucker’s conversion from oils to fast-drying acrylic paint, evoking the shape and texture of the Australian outback.

Year
1956
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on hardboard
Dimensions
62.0 x 81.0 cm board; 79.4 x 97.8 x 3.2 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, black oil "Tucker 1956".
Credit
Purchased 1982
Accession number
286.1982
Copyright
© Barbara Tucker