Bram Bogart

Absolution

1959

Not on display

Artist
Bram Bogart 1921–2012
Original title
Absolutie
Medium
Mixed media paint on canvas attached to board
Dimensions
Support: 2410 x 1708 x 61 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented anonymously in honour of the artist Bram Bogart 2014
Reference
T14204

Display caption

This highly textured black monochrome marks Bogart’s shift into pure abstraction, and his developing concern with the material surface of the painting. It was made in the year that Bogart left Paris for Rome, ultimately settling in Brussels. Around this time he also stopped using an easel and began working on the floor. ‘Making a painting in one colour, either white, black or brown, evoked a kind of tranquility in me’, he commented. However, he went on to say, ‘When making a painting in one colour – monochrome in other words – I want the field of tension to be retained’.

Gallery label, July 2015

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