Not on display
- Peter Joseph
- Acrylic paint on canvas
- Support: 1648 × 1876 mm
- Purchased 1982
T03467 No.55 Green with Dark Blue Surround 1981
Acrylic on canvas 64 5/16 × 73 15/16 (1648 × 1876)
Inscribed ‘Peter Joseph Oct' 81’ on top overlap and ‘Green with Dark Blue Surround 55 65" × 74"’ on stretcher
Purchased from Gillespie-Laage-Salomon, Paris (Grant-in-Aid) 1982
Exh: Peter Joseph, Gillespie-Laage-Salomon, Paris, December 1981–January 1982 (no catalogue)
The artist was asked about the making of T03467 and he replied (in a letter to the compiler, 7 May 1986):
You ask me whether there was significance for me in selecting the blue and the green. Yes, there was the utmost significance and all the more significance because I cannot state what significance is, other than through colour.
What was I being influenced by at the time... by that which suggests more than I know - a passage of sounds and tones in a sonata by Schubert and perhaps the fall of shadow under a tree.
There is a certain sensibility that one needs to evoke in painting a canvas, and a certain meaning to be evoked which cannot be understood but is immanently experienced.
There is little space left in the industry of art exhibiting for a dream or reverie. What you see in my work is perhaps a momentary attempt to establish this space.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986