View Inside a Cave

© the estate of Patrick Caulfield. All rights reserved, DACS 2024. Image credit: British Council Collection

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At over two metres across, 'View Inside a Cave' has its mouth wide open; the viewer's eye is swallowed by an even expanse of two-tone grey, guided by cartographical lines around the path's swerve to the right. As Marco Livingstone remarks, 'One cannot fail to be reminded of the simple perspectival devices featured in how-to-draw manuals.' Early on, as a student, Patrick Caulfield made the impersonal surface and graphic outline – the stuff of a million billboards – his particular hallmark: 'This was my reaction against the Englishness of English painting which so greatly valued a slightly understated, tentative figuration.'

British Council Collection



View Inside a Cave




oil on board


H 122 x W 213.4 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased from Waddington Galleries, 1968

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British Council Collection

British Council, 1 Redman Place, London, Greater London E20 1JQ England

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