Pierre SoulagesPainting, 23 May 1953 1953

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Artist
Pierre Soulages (born 1919)
Title
Painting, 23 May 1953
Peinture, 23 mai 1953
Date 1953
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1949 x 1302 mm frame: 1986 x 1331 x 50 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1953
Reference
N06199
Not on display

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The title of this painting refers to the date of its completion. Soulages began experimenting with abstraction in 1947, using heavy brushstrokes of black paint against a light background. This calligraphic style was to become increasingly vigorous and gestural throughout the 1950s. Soulages has said that for him abstraction is a means of exploring his imagination and inner experience. In 1950 he explained: 'I work, guided by inner impulse, a longing for certain forms, colours and materials, and it is not until they are on the canvas that they tell me what I want'.

July 2008

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