Catalogue entry

Richard Smith b. 1931

T01199 Panatella 1961

Inscribed on reverse: ‘R. Smith 1961 Panatella’.
Canvas, 90 x 120 (228.5 x 305).
Purchased from Kasmin Ltd (Grant-in-Aid) 1970.
Exh: Green Gallery, New York, April 1961; Whitechapel Art Gallery, May 1966 (10, repr.).

The artist wrote (17 May 1971): ‘ “Panatella” was painted in New York... It was the largest painting I had made up to that time and the image base was probably the smallest being a cigar band (hence Panatella) not I think a specific cigar band, but the general format. The colour is rather tobacco and gold.

‘The canvas is more horizontal than was usual at a time when most paintings were off-square, the vertical dimension 84 in. being close to the maximum possible to get through doors.

‘There are several of the recurring elements in paintings between’ 60–2, the spinning centre, the broken line, the central form, the regular size of brush stroke in this painting. The hexagon shape is also shared with a painting Chase Manhattan (‘61) (the bank whose graphic image was updated in 1960 with a hexagon symbol designed by Ivan Chermayeff).’

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1970–1972, London 1972.