Rodrigo Moynihan
Objective Abstraction c.1935–6

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Rodrigo Moynihan 1910–1990
Objective Abstraction
Date c.1935–6
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 457 x 356 mm
frame: 555 x 454 x 75 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1958
Not on display

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Between 1933 and 1936 several artists later associated with the Euston Road School produced almost or totally abstract paintings executed in a free painterly manner. Along with Tibble and Graham Bell, Moynihan produced the most abstract of these. This example is from Objective Abstraction's middle phase, when definite marks and longer strokes had given way to denser textures. In his words: 'the gradual thickening of the paint was ... a kind of build-up as a result of correction and suggestion'. He was 'continually aware of the lung movement of paint, its ability to breathe and move upon the surface of the canvas'.

August 2004

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