Victor Reinganum



Not on display

Victor Reinganum 1907–1995
Papers and gouache on paper on board
Support: 334 × 532 mm
Purchased 1984

Catalogue entry

Victor Reinganum born 1907

T03891 Diagram 1939

Gouache on paper, collage 334 x 532 (13 1/8 x 21)
Inscribed ‘reinganum./39' b.1.
Purchased from Blond Fine Art (Grant-in-Aid) 1984
Exh: Art in Britain 1930-40 Centred around Axis Circle Unit One, Marlborough Fine Art, March-April 1965 (142, as ‘Diagram VI'); Britain's Contribution to Surrealism of the 30's and 40's, Hamet Gallery, Nov. 1971 (93, as ‘Diagram VI'); Victor Reinganum, Paintings and Works on Paper, Blond Fine Art, March-April 1984 (4)

The catalogue of the 1965 Marlborough Fine Art exhibition reproduces another ‘Diagram' collage and gouache by Reinganum, made from similar materials.

The artist wrote to the Tate Gallery, in letters of 20 and 28 August 1984:

The marbling was made by me; waterproof ink floated on the surface of water (in the kitchen sink) and lifted off on sheets of paper.

I have indulged in abstract painting on and off since the early 30s, interspersed with my more usual semi-abstract or slightly surrealist work. My rather ‘tight' and carefully thought-out manner I suppose derives from the strict discipline of illustration, i.e. the filling of a given space by the most effective arrangement of forms ... I chose the word ‘diagram' because I thought ‘abstract' rather unsuitable to describe work not abstracted from anything.

This drawing is one of a small number of ‘Diagrams' made by the artist in 1938-9, in his studio in Gloucester Terrace, Paddington. He has continued to paint ‘Diagrams' since then.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions Including Supplement to Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84, Tate Gallery, London 1988, pp.256-7

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