Bernard Cohen b.1933
T01538 Painting with Three Spots, One Blue and Two Yellow 1970
Inscribed on reverse ‘BERNARD COHEN/AUGUST 1970/ACRYLICON LINEN/60 x 156’.
Acrylic on canvas, 60x 156 (152x 396).
Purchased from the Waddington Galleries (Grant-in-Aid) 1972.
Exh: Hayward Gallery, April-May 1972 (88).
Lit: Richard Morphet, in catalogue of Hayward Gallery exhibition, 1972 PP-29–33.
T01537 was the first of the single-field ‘white’ paintings on which Cohen worked from September 1966 to 1970, and T01538 was the last of them, before he embarked on a new series of (white) panel paintings in the same year. The artist wrote (letter of 4 June 1974):‘As far as I can remember, the blue spot was sprayed on to raw canvas. This was covered with an all over coat of white. A yellow spot was sprayed quite close to it…