Marc Vaux B/3L/73 1973

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Marc Vaux born 1932
Date 1973
Medium Acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2591 x 2134 mm
Acquisition Presented by E.J. Power through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1973
Not on display

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Between 1968 and 1975, Marc Vaux made a number of paintings known as the Item series. These are large canvases that contrast a large expanse of a single hue with an ‘item’, which is a tiny rectangle of three or more bands of distinctive colour.

The contrast between the two was essential to the visual phenomena that Vaux wanted to create. The ‘item’ draws viewers close to the canvas, where their peripheral vision is drenched in colour. Our sense of space is stimulated by the expanse of colour that fills our visual field.

September 2004

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