Bernard Cohen
Early Mutation Green No. II 1960

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Bernard Cohen born 1933
Early Mutation Green No. II
Date 1960
Medium Oil paint and enamel paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1835 x 2134 mm
Acquisition Presented by E.J. Power through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1962
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1960

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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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