ithell colquhoun magician born of nature
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torn veil

                                     1947

Ink drawing. 17¼ x 12in. (44.5 x 31cm.) (ss) Provenance NT. Exhibited London, Mayor Gallery, 1947, (drawings), no. 4. Dublin, National College of Art, 1948, no. 89. Penzance, Newlyn Gallery, 1976, no. 42. The technique is entoptic graphomania. Colquhoun has incorporated some shading, making the image softer and less austere than in other examples of entoptic graphomania. The veil is a metaphor for the partition that separates the material and the spiritual worlds. The symbol of parting a veil can commonly mean obtaining new knowledge or new insights.