Bernard CohenEarly Mutation Green No. II 1960

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Artist
Bernard Cohen (born 1933)
Title
Early Mutation Green No. II
Date 1960
MediumOil paint and enamel paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1835 x 2134 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by E.J. Power through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1962
Reference
T00510
Not on display

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In this painting Bernard Cohen has used contrasting forms to create a sense of the process of change suggested by the word ‘mutation’ in the title.

Cohen has juxtaposed the geometrical shapes of the arch and circles with the amorphous quality of the shape at the bottom of the canvas. The visual relationship between these two elements is the subject of the painting. Cohen said that, in combining two different types of shape such as these, he could create an overall image that was new and unique.

September 2004

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