The Death of Sardanapalus

Michael Sandle (1936 - )

Watercolour on paper

1984

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  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection
  • About the artist
    Michael Sandle was born in Weymouth, Dorset and studied at the Douglas School of Art and Technology, Isle of Man (1951–54). After completing National Service in 1956, he took evening classes at the Chester College of Art, and went on to study printmaking at the Slade School of Fine Art, London between 1956-9. He then moved to Germany where his work began to attract attention when his large bronze sculpture ‘Oranges and Lemons’ was shown at the Documenta IV exhibition at Kassel in 1968. He was invited to join the staff of the Technical College at Pforzheim and in 1980 he became Professor of the Academy of Art in Karlsruhe. Much of Sandle’s work which is predominantly concerned with the tragedies, accoutrements and fatalities of war, gained recognition in Germany earlier than in Britain. Sandle has commented that he was drawn to Germany ‘because of its tragedy, because of its ghosts, because of my childhood in the war. My heroes are European – all the painters, sculptors, authors, poets, philosophers – one wants to be part of it’.
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  • Details
    Title
    The Death of Sardanapalus
    Date
    1984
    Medium
    Watercolour on paper
    Dimensions
    height: 97.00 cm, width: 147.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Fischer Fine Art, July 1985
    Inscription
    TL:" The Death of Sardanapalus" Michael Sandle 1984
    GAC number
    16373/C