Bryan Wynter Mars Ascends 1956

Artwork details

Artist
Bryan Wynter 1915–1975
Title
Mars Ascends
Date 1956
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1527 x 1013 mm
frame: 1542 x 1034 x 48 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Fello Atkinson 1981
Reference
T03289
Not on display

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The title of this painting may refer to the rising dominance of the colour Mars red. However, the picture also reflects Wynter’s interest in organic processes and the collective unconscious.

For this painting Wynter applied each calligraphic mark in response to the preceding marks. This procedure was based on a scientific theory about the growth of organic forms. In theory, imposing an order derived from nature reduced the role of the artist’s ego in making a picture, and allowed the picture to grow naturally out of the artist’s subconscious.

September 2004

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