Robert Eagle Fine Art

Berlin Wall
Tom Phillips

Artist's proof screenprint, signed and dated 1973.

Prints from series of 50 are with the British Council Collection, National Gallery of Australia, the Norwich Castle Museum art gallery and Christchurch Gallery, New Zealand.

The text around all four sides of the image reads: 

"Eight Fragments Of The Berlin Wall With Eight Skies Over E&w Germany And Eight Sections Of E&W German Grass"

These are Tom Phillips' own notes about the work:

"The day after I got married the East Germans built a wall through Berlin, using pre-cast concrete slabs that were to have been the sides of workers' flats. I first saw the wall in 1971, ten years later, and went specially again to see it … before starting work on the pictures. No popularly available images exist of the East German side and my painting therefore only shows fragments of the structure seen from the West .... Grass and sky however occur freely on postcards produced both in West and East Germany. Some places have associations: e.g. one of the sections shows grass from Goethe's garden brought from East Germany, in postcard form, by my wife). The three borders that frame the wall, grass and sky in the large picture are catalogues; the centre strip lists all the colours used, in order (bottom left to top right) of their use; the inner border lists the terminal mixtures for each section, and the outer border is an optical mixture of these mixtures which tries to present as one colour the sum of all the colours used in the work. The random calibration of the centre border preceded the rest of the painting and determined the number of colours to be used in each section. Apart from obvious ironies I am not quite sure how the picture now relates to the wall, its source. It certainly represents the way I see and understand that phenomenon." (Courtesy the artist's website)

Dimensions: 35 x 50 cm
Frame: Framed and glazed
Signature: Signed and dated 1973
Stock ref: 0311