Derek Southall b.1930
T01562 2 HWP 2 Al’Entrada del Temps Clar 1972
Acrylic and oil paint on canvas, brass eyelets, ropes, 99½ x 124(250.2 x 314).
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1972.
Repr: Revue des Beaux Arts (Florida), February–March 1973, p.14.
Unless otherwise stated information and quotations are taken from two letters to the compiler from the artist of 7 March and 7 April 1973.
From 1960/61–68 the artist was painting shaped canvases, the images of which became ‘between 1968 and 1970... dense and mingled in response to [his] desire to get “everything” in.’ During this period he returned to the traditional rectangular format, but in May 1970 he ‘came to see the stretcher as an encumbrance—it too made a shape the firm rectangle. It gave the work spurious authority. Like a frame it was left over from picturesque, window-frame easel pictures…