This work from 1961 exemplifies Blake’s interest in popular culture and contemporary movements in fine art. The title refers to Tuesday Weld, an American film actress from the 1960s, whose image appears at the top of the painting. In contrast to the softness and femininity of the portraits, her name appears below in riveted metal letters. The bands of colour allude to contemporary abstract painting.
One of the leading figures in British pop art, Peter Blake is known for his urban realist subjects. Born in Dartford in 1932, he moved to London to study at the Royal College of Art in 1956. Remaining in the city for more than a decade, Blake was at the cultural centre of vibrant 1960s London. His work fuses high art and popular culture, referencing historical artworks, weekly magazines, children’s stories, movie stars and musicians. His output is famously broad ranging and includes painting, graphic design, collage, book illustration, sculpture and printing. He was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at Tate Britain in 1983.