Rodrigo Moynihan Yellow and Violet 1957

Share this artwork

Artwork details

Artist
Rodrigo Moynihan 1910–1990
Title
Yellow and Violet
Date 1957
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1270 x 1016 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1958
Reference
T00187
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T00187 YELLOW AND VIOLET 1957

Inscr. ‘Moynihan 57’ b.r.
Canvas, 50×40 (127×101·5).
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1958.
Exh: Redfern Gallery, April–May 1958 (7), as ‘Yellow and Violet in the Middle’.

Moynihan returned to non-representational painting in the summer of 1956 and first exhibited such a work in Statements, a review of British abstract art in 1956, I.C.A., January–February 1957 (18). Part of his statement in the catalogue reads: ‘When I start working on a bare canvas I have an idea; but soon forget it. What is on the canvas at the end, sometimes seems to have some reference to the external world, and sometimes not.’ This example was painted at Six Fours in the south of France between October and December 1957.

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

About this artwork