Gilbert & George

Fallen Leaves (1980)

About this artwork

‘Fallen Leaves’ is one of a series of over a hundred works, collectively titled ‘Modern Fears’, which explicitly invoke death and decay. The artists have said of this period that “we felt the style of the Western world, the fabric of its life, was very threatened”. With this body of work they presented both the bleak horror and great beauty of life as they saw it in their immediate urban environment. The series depicts many figures who appear to be disenfranchised from mainstream society. ‘Fallen Leaves’, for example, depicts close up the inscrutable features of a local tramp.

  • title: Fallen Leaves
  • accession number: AR00171
  • artist: Gilbert & GeorgeEnglish (Gilbert Proesch born 1943; George Passmore born 1942)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • date created: 1980
  • measurements: 242.40 x 202.00 x 2.50 cm
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright: © GILBERT & GEORGE
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve
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Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George

Italian-born Gilbert Proesch and Englishman George Passmore met and studied at St Martin's School of Art in London in 1967 and have made only collaborative works since then. In 1969 they performed the first of several 'living sculptures', which rapidly launched their international careers as leading British performance artists. Since the early 1970s they have concentrated on producing large-scale photo-pieces, usually with themselves as the central subject. Gilbert & George state that their aim is to make their art as accessible as possible and that their art and life are one and the same. They won the Turner Prize in 1986.