Patrick Heron Yellow Painting : October 1958 May/June 1959 1958–9

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Patrick Heron 1920–1999
Yellow Painting : October 1958 May/June 1959
Date 1958–9
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1524 x 2138 x 30 mm
Acquisition Purchased with asistance from Tate Friends St Ives 1999
Not on display

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Heron was very concerned with the formal qualities of a painting. He judged a work’s success by such qualities as the flatness of its composition and the relationship between its forms and the edges of the canvas. Here different blocks of colour appear to float. By setting those blocks within a surrounding field of yellow, he set himself the challenge of using colour, the soft edges of the blocks and their relationship to the frame to resist the illusion of space that might result.

February 2010

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