Catalogue entry

Inscr. on back, ‘Patrick Heron’.
Canvas, 48×60 (122×152).
Purchased from the Waddington Galleries (Knapping Fund) 1960.
Exh: Waddington Galleries, November–December 1960 (16, repr.).
Repr: Apollo, LXXII, 1960, p.204; Arts, XXXV, Nos.8–9, 1961, p.54.

The artist wrote (18 December 1960): 'As to “the theme” of my picture - I'm afraid I can't say more than that it is a confirmation of my usual pursuit. I have always been obsessed with space in colour. I even held an exhibition (it was an anthology of the works of 10 painters (including myself) whom I invited) at the Hanover Gallery in 1953 which I christened Space in Colour. I wrote an essay with this title for the catalogue: and this later appeared in my book The Changing Forms of Art as a separate chapter.

‘The blue disc, with the round-cornered square of a different blue inside it, hovers in front of the purple & green ground - but, at the same time, it recedes behind that ground. I believe this ambiguity is a characteristic of all pictorial spatial features which depend mainly on colour: they both advance and recede at the same time. My blue disc can be seen to breathe, almost; to expand & contract, under your gaze, as it were.’

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I