Bernard Cohen Floris 1964

Artwork details

Artist
Bernard Cohen born 1933
Title
Floris
Date 1964
Medium Oil paint and tempera on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1830 x 1834 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1969
Reference
T01162
Not on display

Display caption

This painting was named after the Soho patisserie whose skilled decorations Cohen admired. It was also inspired by the 'enclosed' world of the Arthurian legends. Cohen first painted the small land towards top left then emphasized its perimeter, first by highlighting it with white dots and then by surrounding it by ever wider echoing contours, in red overpainted with black. The outermost of these were reinforced by 'spokes'. Isolated clusters of incident were then painted in the remaining area, the largest being a mass of dark line. Finally, Cohen continued, over these, the ever expanding contours generated by the first shape, before ending the painting in the centre of the spiral at bottom left.

September 2004