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A Line Made By Walking
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A Line Made By Walking

1967

Richard Long (b.1945)

Black and white photograph (silver gelatin print) mounted on board and titled in red crayon and graphite.

Height: 85.5 cm (frame); Height: 37.5 cm (photograph); Width: 32 cm (photograph); Height: 83.5 cm (board); Width: 115.9 cm (frame); Depth: 4 cm (frame); Width: 113.8 cm (board;

Inscription
Red crayon with feint ruled graphite lines, lower centre, recto, on mount, A LINE MADE BY WALKING //
Graphite with feint ruled graphite lines, lower centre, recto, on mount, ENGLAND 1967 //

Acquisition
Long, Richard; gift; 11.8.2009
G.2009.XX.3

About this work
This seminal work was created whilst Long was a sculpture student at St Martin’s College, where Anthony Caro and Philip King were among his tutors. He took a train from London and got off when it reached open countryside and found a suitable field. He walked back and forth until the flattened grass caught the sunlight and became visible as a line, which he then photographed.

The work challenged the idea that sculpture had to be made of material taken into the studio. Instead, he began what would become a life-long interest in making works in the landscape. His subsequent art is inseparable from his experiences of extended and arduous walking expeditions, which have taken him across the globe. (Permanent collection label)



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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London/courtesy of the artist

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