Barnett Newman Eve 1950

Artwork details

Artist
Barnett Newman 1905–1970
Title
Eve
Date 1950
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2388 x 1721 x 50 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1980
Reference
T03081
Not on display

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The vast expanse of unmodulated red paint in this work is both absorbing and disorienting. It is interrupted by a single, narrow band of purple running the length of the right-hand edge. This 'zip' generates a tension throughout the canvas between presence and blankness, solidity and fragility. Its verticality also echoes the position of the viewer, helping to fulfil Newman's concern that 'the onlooker in front of my painting knows that he's there'.

August 2004

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