Patrick Heron
The Long Table with Fruit : 1949 1949

Artwork details

Patrick Heron 1920–1999
The Long Table with Fruit : 1949
Date 1949
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 457 x 914 mm
frame: 710 x 1167 x 93 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1994
Not on display

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The attention to colour in this early still life by Heron reflects his enthusiasm for the work of Bonnard and Matisse. He commented that 'throughout my early life I had this tremendous battle against the total English contempt for anything they could call decorative ¿ The perfectly ordered surface gives great pleasure. That pleasure used to be run away from by the English'. The ceramics depicted in this work were produced by the Leach pottery, where Heron worked during the Second World War.

August 2004