Jean HélionIle de France 1935

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Artwork details

Artist
Jean Hélion (1904‑1987)
Title
Ile de France
Date 1935
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1454 x 2000 mm frame: 1530 x 2070 x 58 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1965
Reference
T00766

Summary

Ile de France is one of Jean Hélion’s most important abstract paintings and, at two metres across, it was clearly envisaged as a substantial piece. Typical of his work in the mid-1930s is the disposition of variously sized and coloured planes across a relatively neutral background. For the large scale of Ile de France, as distinct from the small Abstract Composition (T07921), Hélion introduced an additional blue background plane that occupies part of the upper half of the composition. The effect is to reinforce the sense of implied space, within which the apparently overlapping planes mark out a rhythm. Four of the floating elements enhance this further through a modulated shading that suggests that they are convex forms within this shallow space… (read more)

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