Michael Kidner
Orange and Violet 1961

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Michael Kidner 1917–2009
Orange and Violet
Date 1961
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1270 x 1041 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1962
Not on display

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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.

May 2007

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