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© The Artist's Estate. Presented by the artist, 1982. Museums Sheffield
Frail Peace
Date Made/Found: 1972
Artist: Sonia Lawson , British, born 1934
Vendor: Sonia Lawson , British, born 1934
Material and Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 1552 x 1272 x 27mm Sight size: 1508 x 1211mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.5137
The broken gun-carriage and the blindfolded female figure in this work are both recurring motifs of violence and anxiety from Sonia Lawson’s earlier 1960s Anti-War paintings. Again focusing on war and suffering in the 1970s, Lawson depicted war prisoners awaiting execution and children being separated from mothers. Despite these dark themes, hope emerges in Frail Piece: the proud tulips offer a contrasting beauty and vitality. When the work was shown in Sheffield Lawson observed, "I believe it holds a lot of optimism...the flowers, delicate and gentle as they are, have the resilience and cheerfulness to bloom. They have kept faith."
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