Richard Smith Riverfall 1969

Artwork details

Artist
Richard Smith born 1931
Title
Riverfall
Date 1969
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Object: 2286 x 6858 x 356 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1969
Reference
T01161
Not on display

Display caption

Riverfall consists of five shaped canvases butted together in stepped progression. This structure reflects Smith' s interest
in developing the painting's physical presence beyond a flat, two-dimensional surface. Smith likened the scale of Riverfall to a 'grand façade in a narrow street' and he commented: 'I paint very large paintings for a feeling of enclosure, to occupy the total vision and to make
the full gesture of the hand visible.'

September 2004