T00484 No. 139 1961
Inscribed on back of board 'F. FARRERAS | MAYO 1961 | MADRID | 170 x 140'; also '139' and 'BASE' with an arrow
Collage on wood, 55 x 67 (139.5 x 170)
Presented by the Spanish Government 1962
Prov: Purchased by the Spanish Government from the artist for presentation
Exh: Francisco Farreras, Galeria Biosca, Madrid, October 1961 (works not numbered, repr.); Modern Spanish Painting, Tate Gallery, January-February 1962 (18, repr.); Southampton Art Gallery, March 1962 (18, repr.); Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, March-April 1962 (18, repr.); Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, April-May 1962 (18, repr.)
Repr: Arts Review, XIII, 13-27 January 1962, p.6; Jose Mann Medina, Farreras: Processo y An lisis de su Pintura (Madrid 1979), p.85
The artist writes (letter of 18 September 1969) that this painting was made in May 1961 in Madrid. It is known simply as 'No.139' and has no other title. He began to use numbers when he started to work exclusively in collage in 1959.
'The collage has no special or specific significance. Although the collages from that period might suggest some organic themes, this was never my intention.
'The technique is that of collage on wood; in that period the material most frequently used was tissue paper (sometimes coloured and/or burned) and a "Kleenex-like" material.'
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.218, reproduced p.218