Not on display
- Maurice Estève 1904–2001
- Watercolour on paper
- Support: 505 × 638 mm
- Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1959
Maurice Estève born 1904
T00254 Composition No. 166
Inscribed 'Estève' b.l.
Watercolour on paper, 19 7/8 x 25 1/8 (50.5 x 63.5)
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1959
Prov: Friends of the Tate Gallery (purchased from the artist through Villand et Galanis, Paris)
Exh: Estève: Aquarelles Récentes, Galerie Villand et Galanis, Paris, April-May 1958 (3, repr.)
Repr: Edward Lucie-Smith, Movements in Art since 1945 (London 1969), pl.47
'All my watercolours are 'unique' works in the sense that they are never sketches or studies made in preparation for a painting. They should be regarded as "paintings" in their own right, executed in watercolour instead of in oil. The same applies to the majority of my drawings, for, for some years past, I have ceased to make preliminary sketches, seeking, from the beginning of work on the canvas, drawing, form and colour, if I may say so, more or less simultaneously.
'The composition of watercolour No.166 can be regarded as "abstract", since it was inspired by no motif, no memory of reality or of something seen ... not even by a particular environment, despite the place of creation which is always (or almost always) the country. Being unable to work in oil and watercolour at the same time, I reserve the latter activity for my studio at Berry each year, in the summer.
'But, I must repeat, in Paris, during my work in oils, I never use my watercolours - nor for that matter my drawings, which are also, or intended to be, complete in themselves.'
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.211-12, reproduced p.211