Harold Cohen



Not on display

Harold Cohen 1928–2016
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 2140 × 2438 mm
Purchased 1962

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Cohen's paintings of the 1960s focused primarily on issues of representation: how it is that paint on a canvas can trigger different kinds of responses and associations in the viewer.

Paintings such as this are not representational in a traditional sense, in that they do not show immediately recognisable objects. But they are concerned with the mechanisms and processes of communication with the viewer. The shape that is repeated in Tribune is generalised so that viewers can interpret it as suggesting a number of different things. The bright colours also evoke sensations or suggest images from the natural world.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Catalogue entry

T00549 TRIBUNE 1962
Inscr. on back of canvas, ‘Harold Cohen “Tribune” July 1962 London.’
Canvas, 84 1/4×96 (214×244).
Purchased from the Robert Fraser Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1962.
Exh: Robert Fraser Gallery, September–October 1962 (9).

‘Tribune’ is one of a series of paintings executed in 1962 in which the artist explores a similar formal theme.

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


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