Michael Kidner

Orange and Violet

1961

Artist
Michael Kidner 1917–2009
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1270 x 1041 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1962
Reference
T00513

Not on display

Display caption

This is one in a series of paintings in which Kidner aimed to create a dynamic colour relationship. The strict control of the colour on the surface of the canvas dictated the image. In interviews, he has explained how he alternated bands of orange and violet, starting at the top with a broad band of orange and a narrow band of violet and finishing at the bottom with a broad band of violet and a narrow band of orange. The curves occurring in every other band create a vertical alternation of orange and violet to oppose the more evident horizontal one. This work relates to earlier paintings, when Kidner had been impressed by the effect of sunlight on sand.

Gallery label, May 2007

Catalogue entry

T00513 ORANGE AND VIOLET 1961
 
Not inscribed.
Canvas, 50×41 (127×104).
Purchased from the artist through the Grabowski Gallery (Knapping Fund) 1962.
Exh: Grabowski Gallery, March–April 1962 (9, repr.).

The artist wrote (n.d., May 1962): ‘In general I work from the canvas which becomes a sort of laboratory for me. “Orange and Violet” is one of a series of paintings in which I have been trying to create dynamic colour relationships. The strict control of these colour relationships on the surface of the canvas dictate the image.

‘More specifically in this painting I have alternated horizontal bands of orange and violet, starting at the top with a broad band of orange and a narrow band of violet and finishing at the bottom with a broad band of violet and a narrow band of orange. The two humps which occur in every other band create a vertical alternation of orange and violet to oppose the more evident horizontal one. I feel that this painting bears some relationship to paintings which I made of Saunton Sands five or six years ago. I was very much impressed then by the effect of burning sunlight reflected from the sand....

‘It was painted in May 1961.’

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