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Shostakovich Symphony No. 13, Opus 110 (Babi Yar) for Bass, Bass Choir and Orchestra to the Poetry of Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1962)

Aubrey Williams

oil on canvas

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Shostakovich Symphony No. 13, Opus 110 (Babi Yar) for Bass, Bass Choir and Orchestra to the Poetry of Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1962)

© Estate of Aubrey Williams. All rights reserved, DACS 2024. Photo credit: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Details

Classification:

Painting

Materials:

Oil, Canvas

Dimensions:

172.3 x 274.4 cm

Accession Number:

K6485

Credit:

Gifted by the Commonwealth Education Trust through the Contemporary Art Society, 2015/16

Scheme:

Gift

Ownership history:

Gifted by the Commonwealth Education Trust through the Contemporary Art Society, 2015; presented to Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, 2015/16

Subject:

Abstract, Music
With his profound knowledge of flora and fauna, a growing interest in pre-Columbian cultures and personal experience of significant political changes in the Caribbean, Aubrey Williams arrived in London with a unique visual and intellectual vocabulary. In the early 1950s, London was a city with few apparent signs of black presence, and the visibility of Williams’ work represented one of the first challenges to the white dominance in the British art establishment. Williams was also very active in the Caribbean Artists Movement, founded in 1966 to strengthen the visibility of Caribbean artists in the UK. Williams’s paintings have evolved through many different phases over the course of his career – from immaculately accomplished depictions of animals, to figurations and explosive, colourful abstracts. Williams drew influence from Olmec, Maya and Warao imagery, from abstract expressionism, science fiction, the symphonies and quartets of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, as well as artists such as Jackson Pollock, Arshile Gorky, Diego Rivera, Yves Klein and Rufino Tamayo.

The Commonwealth Education Trust has gifted through the Contemporary Art Society Shostakovich Symphony No. 13, Opus 110 for Bass... (1962) by Aubrey Williams to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. In 2012, it was given the entire British Empire and Commonwealth Museum's collection, including two other 1982 works by Williams. This work is part of a series that Williams painted in relation to a symphony by Shostakovich, who Williams regarded as the greatest composer of his time.

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