Patrick Heron

Soft Green, Blue, Violet, Orange, Brown : January 1968

1968

Medium
Gouache on paper
Dimensions
Support: 591 x 794 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Philip Goldberg 1968
Reference
T01101

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Patrick Heron is one of Britain's most distinguished living painters as well as a notable writer on art. In 1956 he settled at Zennor, near St Ives in Cornwall, becoming a leading figure in the group of modern artists based around St Ives, whose achievements are now celebrated in the Tate Gallery St. Ives. At about the same time his painting became abstract, although it always remained ultimately inspired by the forms, colours and light of his spectacularly beautiful surroundings. Of this work the artist wrote, 'it is more complex than the general run of my current gouaches: but it is second to none in richness'. Another example of Heron's work is in Room 29.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

Patrick Heron b.1920
T01101 SOFT GREEN, BLUE, VIOLET, ORANGE, BROWN: JANUARY 1968
Inscribed ‘SOFT GREEN, BLUE, VIOLET, ORANGE, BROWN/JANUARY 1968/23 1/4×31 1/4=“TOP”’ on the back.
Gouache on paper, 23 1/4×31 1/4 (59×79·5).
Presented by Mr Philip Goldberg 1968.

The artist wrote (20 November 1968): ‘[To1101] is more complex than the general run of my current gouaches-which pleases me: but it is second to none in richness (perhaps one shouldn't say this sort of thing oneself, though!?)’

Published in:
The Tate Gallery: Acquisitions 1968-9, London 1969