Edith Rimmington (1902 - 1986):
The Museum I
Framed (ref: 10585)
Watercolour, gouache, pen and ink on paper
29 15/16 x 22 1/16 in. (76 x 56 cm)
Provenance: Gifted by the artist to present owner
Exhibited: Dreamers Awake, White Cube Bermondsey, 28 June 2017 – 17 September 2017.
Museum I is an exceptional work in Edith Rimmington’s artistic production, in the sense that she never made works exceeding a 50 x 70 cm format. This work was made following an exhibition of regalia that Rimmington saw in London, which gave her the idea of a counter-celebration of kingship, with subtle, ironic undertones.
The King is represented with a gauntlet – the symbol of power and a challenge of combat (to throw down the gauntlet). Yet the King is also shown as a chess piece (alongside the bishop and knight), and reduced to a part in a game beyond his control. Lastly, the anachronistic airship may symbolise man’s eternal (but doomed) desire to fly high.
Commentary provided by Michel Remy, the leading authority on British Surrealism.