Henry Mundy

Float III


Not on display

Henry Mundy 1919–2019
Oil and graphite on hardboard
Support: 1600 × 1981 mm
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1964

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Henry Mundy saw his painting

as entirely non-figurative

and offered purely formal interpretations of it, arguing that, 'I only want to get the right intervals between the shapes in a way that satisfies me'. However others have seen his works as alluding to both still life

and landscape

perhaps because, as the critic David Sylvester remarked, they 'relate to visual experience, to seeing in a space which is all around one, to seeing as one moves about in space'. Mundy gave titles to his works after they were finished as a way of differentiating one picture from another. The two earlier paintings that share this title were destroyed by the artist.

Gallery label, February 2010

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Catalogue entry

Henry Mundy b. 1919

T00709 Float III 1961

Inscr. ‘Henry Mundy Float III 61’ on back.
Oil and pencil on hardboard, 63 x 78 (160 x 198).
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1964.
Coll: Purchased by the C.A.S. from the Hanover Gallery 1961.
Exh: Recent Acquisitions of the C.A.S., Arts Council, July–August 1964 (32).

This painting is the third of a series of three entitled ‘Float’. The preceding paintings I and II were exhibited in the artist’s one-man shows at the Stone Gallery, Newcastle, 1961 (8) and the Hanover Gallery, June 1962 (3, repr.) respectively, but were afterwards destroyed by him.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1964–1965, London 1966.

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