A Line Made By Walking
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;
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 //
Long, Richard; gift; 11.8.2009
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.
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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London/courtesy of the artist