Winifred Nicholson, Recollect 1973 . Tate . © The Trustees of the estate of Winifred Nicholson

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Vision and Visionary: Partou Zia

Patrick Heron, Green and Purple Painting with Blue Disc : May 1960  1960

In this work, an irregular blue disc hovers in front of a field of green and purple, seeming to expand and contract within the flat picture plane. Even when he eliminated recognisable subject matter, Heron’s abstractions stemmed from his observations of the visual world. He denied that he consciously painted ‘landscapes’, but affirmed: ‘the enormously powerful rhythmic energies of the granite outcrops beneath my feet transmit certain rhythms straight up through the soles of my shoes every minute of the day.’

Gallery label, May 2007

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Winifred Nicholson, Recollect  1973

Wilkie owned four paintings by Winifred Nicholson, two of which were acquired by the Tate Gallery. These are 'The Hunter's Moon' which is shown nearby, and this painting. Both works demonstrate Wilkie's interest in collecting paintings on the theme of the seasons. 'The Hunter's Moon' evokes autumn which was seen by the artist as a time of adventure. 'Recollect', however, was painted in late spring 1973 and suggests a sense of looking back and remembering. This sentiment seems to have been shared by Wilkie. He remarked: 'The pictures of Winifred Nicholson represent for me the world of childhood and early adolescence. It is a world of order, security and cultivated civilisation'.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Roderick Buchanan, Sodastream  1997

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Frances Hodgkins, Loveday and Ann: Two Women with a Basket of Flowers  1915

Frances Hodgkins came to Britain in 1901 from the confined artistic scene of New Zealand. Spending long periods in Cornwall, home to the Newlyn and St Ives Schools, and in Paris, where she taught at the Académie Colarossi, Hodgkins ploughed her own furrow. In typically individualistic style, this portrait combines the mobility of watercolour with the intensity of oil, showcasing the artist's idiosyncratic drawing and quirky sense of colour.

Gallery label, February 2010

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Partou Zia, Flowering Rod  2006

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Zoe Williams, Lemon Heel  2019

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Zoe Williams, Small Fish head acid vision  2020

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Joan Mitchell, Chord II  1986

Created on a large vertical rectangular canvas, Chord II 1986 is an abstract painting by American artist Joan Mitchell. The canvas has been evenly painted with an off-white primer, much of which is left exposed, while an expressive mass of coloured paint occupies the top two thirds of the composition in the centre, made up of prominent strokes of deep blue at the top, turquoise and light green around the edges, and a dark central area of brown and green. The layers of paint vary in thickness and application, ranging from thin washes through thicker, fluid marks that have dripped down the length of the canvas, to more heavily textured sweeps of the brush. The work has been signed by the artist in graphite in the lower right-hand corner.

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Mark Rothko, Untitled  c.1950–2

In his mature work, Rothko abandoned specific reference to nature in order to paint images with universal associations. By the late 1940s he had developed a style in which hazy, luminous rectangles float within a vertical format. Rothko wrote that the great artistic achievements of the past were pictures of the human figure alone in a moment of utter immobility. He sought to create his own version of this solitary meditative experience, scaling his pictures so that the viewer is enveloped in their subtly shifting, atmospheric surface.

Gallery label, July 2012

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Peter Lanyon, Colour Construction  1960

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Denzil Forrester, Cottage Lover  1997

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Partou Zia, Ember of Eyes  2004

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Art in this room

T00392: Green and Purple Painting with Blue Disc : May 1960
Patrick Heron Green and Purple Painting with Blue Disc : May 1960 1960
T06679: Recollect
Winifred Nicholson Recollect 1973
T07599: Sodastream
Roderick Buchanan Sodastream 1997
N05456: Loveday and Ann: Two Women with a Basket of Flowers
Frances Hodgkins Loveday and Ann: Two Women with a Basket of Flowers 1915

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Partou Zia Flowering Rod 2006

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Zoe Williams Lemon Heel 2019

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