David RobilliardThe Yes No Quality Of Dreams 1988

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Artist
David Robilliard (1952‑1988)
Title
The Yes No Quality Of Dreams
Date 1988
MediumAcrylic paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1219 x 1225 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from Evelyn, Lady Downshire's Trust Fund 2011
Reference
T13328

Summary

The Yes No Quality of Dreams is a square canvas with, in its top half, a grey linear drawing of a man’s face in profile, chin resting on his fist, and to its left an apparently younger man’s head shown full face with eyes closed. Below this, the text of the work’s title is written in bold capital letters, split across two lines (‘THE YES NO QUALITY / OF DREAMS’). A grey-blue is used for the first, fourth and fifth words, ‘yes’ is painted in black and ‘no’ in red, and each letter of the final word ‘dreams’ is rendered in a different colour: successively red, dark blue, brown, orange, light blue, yellow… (read more)

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