Raymond Coxon b.1896
T01062 BLUE BIRD 1968
Inscribed ‘COXON’ b.l.
Canvas, 59 7/8×39 7/8 (152×100·5).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1968.
Exh: R.A., 1968 (440).
The artist wrote (19 January 1969) that his method of working in this and other recent paintings was ‘first to find the shapes in the observation of nature and making drawings, looking for shapes (and their relative positions sometimes). Then, by the time I have forgotten the “venue” of the drawing, perhaps months or a year after making the drawing, I face the problem of contriving the painting in terms of colour and within the battleground of the area of the canvas. I like to find forms which surprise me by their unexpectedness. In short I am motivated by these beginnings to make a disciplined (but not essentially concordant) marriage between colour and form’.
The Tate Gallery: Acquisitions 1968-9, London 1969