Cliff Holden

Yellow Seated Figure

1947

Medium
Oil paint on board
Dimensions
Support: 730 x 572 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1962
Reference
T00504

Display caption

Holden studied under Bomberg and was a founding member and first chairman of the Borough Group. Though he continued to acknowledge his debt to his teacher, his relationship with Bomberg became difficult.

This work was exhibited at the first Borough Group exhibition, in 1949. The subject matter, the muted, earthy colours, vigorous paint work and strong sense of structure are all typical of the group. Holden said that ‘What a painter has to do is not to recognise either the object or the image but to recognise the kind of sensation that has produced the image’.

Gallery label, July 2004

Catalogue entry

T00504 YELLOW SEATED FIGURE 1947
 
Inscr. on back of stretcher ‘Cliff Holden Marstrand Sweden’. 
Oil on board, 28 3/4×22 3/4 (73×57·5). 
Purchased from the Drian Galleries (Grant-in-Aid) 1962. 
Exh: Borough Group, Arcade Gallery, March 1949; Fyra Engelsmän, Gummesons Konstgalleri, Stockholm, March–April 1952 (2); London Group, April–May 1959 (288), and Arts Council tour; Hallands Museum, Halmstad, October 1956 (no catalogue traced); Gummesons Konstgalleri, Stockholm, November–December 1961 (16); Drian Galleries, March 1962 (16).

This picture is from a series of seated figures painted in 1947. There is another nude study on the back.

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

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