Rodrigo Moynihan The Shelf: Objects and Shadows - Front View 1982–3

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Rodrigo Moynihan 1910–1990
The Shelf: Objects and Shadows - Front View
Date 1982–3
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 711 x 915 mm
frame: 851 x 1053 x 54 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1984

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Moynihan's recent still lifes extend not only his personal mastery of the genre but also a long tradition of artists' meditation on their own craft. Moynihan is consistently sensitive to the exact revelation of colour and of form by the fall of light. Here the very feel of contrasting substances is conveyed, as well as varying degrees of opacity and transparency and the translucency of modern plastics. Moynihan has remarked: 'These things I paint are kind of bone-coloured, and what fascinates me very much is the colour of dust and curious difficult transitions between very dull or dull-seeming colours ... their sort of dullness is full of light'.

August 2004

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