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