- Allen Jones
- Red Soft Aroma
- signed and dated 73 on the reverse
- oil and latex on canvas
Waddington Galleries, London
Sale, Christie's, London, Anonymous Sale, 3 July 1979, Lot 219
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner in 1986
Marco Livingstone, Allen Jones Sheer Magic, London 1979, p. 90, illustrated under the name "Red Aroma"
Andrew Lambirth, Allen Jones Works, London 2005, p. 132, illustrated
Artists have been interested in the correspondence of the senses, synesthesia, since at least the 19th century, witness the writings of Charles Baudelaire.
Red Soft Aroma was one of a few of my paintings that played with this idea.
By using an alien material, latex, within the fabric of the picture, the passage of time becomes a dynamic part of the composition.
In ordinary circumstances latex will deteriorate much faster than the oil painting itself. The passage of time thus becomes as important for the picture as it is for ourselves.
After nearly forty years time has already affected the picture, but I have now modified the canvas so that the present latex suit can be replaced when necessary.