Kenneth Martin
Composition 1949

Artwork details

Artist
Kenneth Martin 1905–1984
Title
Composition
Date 1949
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 508 x 410 mm
frame: 935 x 820 x 25
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1973
Reference
T01758
Not on display

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One of Martin's earliest truly abstract paintings. It was made after he became uneasy about his current processes of abstracting and constructing from nature and decided to move towards 'pure invention'. During this period he was influenced by two books, D'Arcy W Thompson's 'On Growth and Form' and J W Power's 'The Elements of Pictorial Composition'. In this work he aimed to get the painted shapes as flat as possible and to eliminate obvious brush strokes.

August 2004

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