Frank Stella Six Mile Bottom 1960

Artwork details

Artist
Frank Stella born 1936
Title
Six Mile Bottom
Date 1960
Medium Alkyd paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 3000 x 1822 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1972
Reference
T01552

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Stella used an ordinary house-painter's brush to establish the width of the stripes and worked with commercial paints taken straight from the can. He wanted to dispel any interpretive reading of his work, commenting in 1964, 'My painting is based on the fact that only what can be seen there is there. All I want anyone to get out of my paintings and all I ever get out of them is the fact that you can see the whole idea without any confusion. What you see is what you see.' The title of Six Mile Bottom refers to a village in England, where the poet Byron's half-sister Augusta Leigh lived.

September 2004