Catalogue entry

T00534 LIGHT 1957

Inscr. on back of canvas and on stretcher ‘Zyw’.
Canvas, 36×25 1/2 (92×65).
Presented by Lady Alice Egerton through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1962.
Coll: Purchased by Lady Alice Egerton from the artist in November 1958.
Exh: Hanover Gallery, October–November 1958 (14, repr.).

The artist wrote (5 July 1962) that ‘Light’ was a variation on the theme of autumn he had been working on in 1957 and at the beginning of 1958. Other paintings on this theme were numbers 15 to 18 in the Hanover Gallery exhibition, 1958. ‘Light’ was ‘the precursor (especially in the technical approach) of the work which I am doing now and which I started not earlier than 1959. Instead of heavy impasto and elaborate surface ... the brushwork became light (hence the title) and more delicate and simple. Colour is applied very thinly and achieves new transparency comparable with watercolour.... For the past few years I have been working in my Edinburgh studio in almost complete isolation, broken only by occasional visits to Tuscany.’

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II