Bernard Cohen b. 1933
T01162 FLORIS 1964
Inscribed on stretcher ‘OIL/AND/TEMPERA/ON/CANVAS’ and 'BERNARD COHEN October 1964 72"×72".
Canvas, 72×72 (183×183).
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1969.
Coll: Purchased by the Friends of the Tate Gallery from Kasmin Ltd.
Exh: Kasmin Ltd, December 1964 (no numbers); Venice Biennale, 1966 (British Pavilion I, repr. in illustrated catalogue) and European tour.
Repr: Will Grohmann (ed.), Art of our Time, 1960 (pl. 36 in colour, with the top of the painting to the right).
The artist wrote (17 January 1970): 'The only place the painting was exhibited (apart from the Venice show and subsequent European Tour) was at Kasmin's. It hung as the only painting during my large drawing show, December 1964. The reason I put it in the show (actually in the passage) was that there were several drawings for it in the show. I did many drawings for the painting. Several of them were sold and I still have many of them myself.
'Although the painting was never intended as part of a series, there are a group of paintings done between early 1964 and early 1965 that “hold together” for me. A painting called “Romance”, now in the Abrams collection in New York, a large painting called “Pic” that I own, another large one called “Fall” that I own, “When White” owned by the Stuyvesant, “Fable” also owned by the Stuyvesant and “White Plant” owned by myself, make up the group. They were never seen together publicly. When I have my retrospective at the Hayward early in 1972 I hope they will all be seen together. The painting was called “Floris” after the patisserie of Madam Floris (then still alive) in Soho.
The Tate Gallery 1968-70, London 1970