Henry Mundy Float III 1961

Artwork details

Artist
Henry Mundy born 1919
Title
Float III
Date 1961
Medium Oil and graphite on hardboard
Dimensions Support: 1600 x 1981 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1964
Reference
T00709
Not on display

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Henry Mundy saw his painting

as entirely non-figurative

and offered purely formal interpretations of it, arguing that, 'I only want to get the right intervals between the shapes in a way that satisfies me'. However others have seen his works as alluding to both still life

and landscape

perhaps because, as the critic David Sylvester remarked, they 'relate to visual experience, to seeing in a space which is all around one, to seeing as one moves about in space'. Mundy gave titles to his works after they were finished as a way of differentiating one picture from another. The two earlier paintings that share this title were destroyed by the artist.

February 2010

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