Victor Reinganum born 1907
Gouache on paper, collage 334 x 532 (13 1/8 x 21)
Inscribed ‘reinganum./39' b.1.
Purchased from Blond Fine Art (Grant-in-Aid) 1984
Exh: Art in Britain 1930-40 Centred around Axis Circle Unit One, Marlborough Fine Art, March-April 1965 (142, as ‘Diagram VI'); Britain's Contribution to Surrealism of the 30's and 40's, Hamet Gallery, Nov. 1971 (93, as ‘Diagram VI'); Victor Reinganum, Paintings and Works on Paper, Blond Fine Art, March-April 1984 (4)
The artist wrote to the Tate Gallery, in letters of 20 and 28 August 1984:
I have indulged in abstract painting on and off since the early 30s, interspersed with my more usual semi-abstract or slightly surrealist work. My rather ‘tight' and carefully thought-out manner I suppose derives from the strict discipline of illustration, i.e. the filling of a given space by the most effective arrangement of forms ... I chose the word ‘diagram' because I thought ‘abstract' rather unsuitable to describe work not abstracted from anything.
This drawing is one of a small number of ‘Diagrams' made by the artist in 1938-9, in his studio in Gloucester Terrace, Paddington. He has continued to paint ‘Diagrams' since then.
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions Including Supplement to Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84, Tate Gallery, London 1988, pp.256-7