Love at First Sight


Weight, Carel
Carel Weight depicts a humorous scene, a man who falls in love at first sight with a woman walking her dog on the other side of the street. In his rush to speak to her, he knocks a window cleaner off his ladder, causing him to turn upside down. Bystanders and residents in their houses, looking out of their windows, watch with alarm as the drama unfolds. The use of figures is important to Weight: 'Even when I paint a landscape out of doors, and I say I'm not going to put any figures in, when I get back to the studio I always paint in figures; it would be too lonely without people.' Born in London, Weight studied art at Hammersmith College of Art and Goldsmiths College in 1926. By 1931, he secured his first exhibition at the Royal Academy and became a tutor in painting at the Royal College of Art in 1947. Nadia Thondrayen
  • Artwork Details: 63.5 x 76.2cm
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  • Material description: oil on canvas
  • Credit line: © the estate of Carel Weight
  • Theme: Figurative
  • Medium: Painting
  • Accession number: AC 83

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