William Turnbull No. 1 1962

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William Turnbull 1922–2012
No. 1
Date 1962
Medium Oil paint on 2 canvases
Dimensions Support: 2540 x 3759 mm
Acquisition Presented by E.J. Power through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1962
Not on display

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In this two-canvas painting Turnbull aimed to bring two colours together without creating shapes. He wrote in 1963: 'I am concerned with the canvas as a continuous field, where the edge created by the meeting of coloured areas is more the tension in a field than the boundary of a shape.' Each canvas can be seen not only as a container of colour but also as a unit or self-sufficient entity. Aiming to emphasise the physical relationship between a spectator and a work of art, Turnbull allowed the colours in his paintings of this period to fill the viewer's entire field of vision.

September 2004

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