Patrick Heron

Horizontal Stripe Painting : November 1957 – January 1958 1957–8

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Artwork details

Artist

Patrick Heron 1920–1999
Title

Horizontal Stripe Painting : November 1957 – January 1958
Date1957–8
MediumOil paint on canvas
DimensionsSupport: 2743 x 1548 mm
Collection

Tate
AcquisitionPurchased 1972
Reference

T01541
Not on display

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Heron was a critic and painter who championed an approach to painting that assessed quality according to such formal values as the flatness of a composition and colour. Of his stripe paintings he wrote, ‘The reason why the stripes sufficed … was precisely that they were so very uncomplicated as shapes … the emptier the general format was, the more exclusive the concentration upon the experiences of colour itself.’ Heron resisted the total abandoning of subject matter and even such works as this have been seen in relation to landscape, the horizontal bands and colours perhaps suggesting the horizon at sunset. 

February 2010

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