William Scott Berlin Blues 4 1965

Artwork details

Artist
William Scott 1913–1989
Title
Berlin Blues 4
Date 1965
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1530 x 1835 mm
frame: 1542 x 1846 x 35 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented anonymously 1965
Reference
T00795
Not on display

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Scott spent a scholarship year in Berlin in 1963-4. According to him, the title for this painting, was chosen because it was one of a group of blue pictures started in Berlin and the particular blue pigment he used for them was discovered by him in that city. He commented that in this work the spatial relationships in his composition had become more symmetrical and Byzantine in origin. In the mid-1960s Scott simplified and clarified his paintings, using bolder shapes and eliminating textural contrasts. Paint was evenly and thinly applied, as here.

September 2004

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