Pierre Soulages Painting, 23 May 1953 1953

Artwork details

Artist
Pierre Soulages born 1919
Title
Painting, 23 May 1953
Peinture, 23 mai 1953
Date 1953
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 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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