Bernard Cohen
Fall 1964

Artwork details

Bernard Cohen born 1933
Date 1964
Medium Oil paint and tempera on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2438 x 3048 x 37 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1972
Not on display

Display caption

Like Cohen's 'In that Moment', also in this display, this painting is a homage to the French writer Albert Camus. It refers in particular to Camus's confessional novel 'The Fall' of 1956, which it echoes in being an uninterrupted monologue. It also continues Cohen's fascination with cooking, which, like painting, is a procedure and a selection of ingredients before it results in an end product. Here food is imagined piled on a plate too big to fit into the rectangle, which Cohen deliberately subverts by tilting the angle of the image. On top of the food is a 'sauce' made of all the painting's colours mixed together. Before using colours Cohen painted the whole surface thickly with white paint, creating protruding ridges. He then sprayed the colour. His final acts were to rip off the masking tape which formed the plate's diagonal base (thus revealing the painting's first ground) and then to scrape off the cake-icing-like ridges of the white paint, producing 'turbulence' overall.

September 2004

About this artwork