Patrick Heron
Brown Ground with Soft Red and Green : August 1958 - July 1959 1958–9

Artwork details

Artist
Patrick Heron 1920–1999
Title
Brown Ground with Soft Red and Green : August 1958 - July 1959
Date 1958–9
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1520 x 2138 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1974
Reference
T01878
Not on display

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Heron painted this work over a period of eleven months, from August 1958 to July 1959. From 1957 he had begun to experiment with vertical and horizontal bands of colour in his paintings. With this particular work Heron now combined both elements on the same canvas. Built up over time, the different layers of colours intersected, overlapped and ate away at one another, creating the soft-edged square shapes now visible. As the artist himself explained: 'I did not draw these shapes in this configuration - the shapes and their relationship grew out of this process of allowing each colour area to adjust physically to adjacent colour areas'.

September 2004

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