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Modern & Post-War British Art

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Patrick Heron
1920-1999
UNTITLED (STILL LIFE)
signed and dated 47; also signed and dated 1947 on the reverse
oil on canvas
31.5 by 63.5cm.; 12½ by 25in.
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Provenance

Sale, Sotheby's London, 1st December 1999, lot 52
David Messum, London
Sale, Sotheby's London, 26th May 2010, lot 56 where acquired by the present owner

Catalogue Note

‘[In] all good visual art, however representational, what primarily and most immediately affects us is an underlying harmony of form and colour, a visual music of which the component notes and phrases are indeed abstract. It is by the very different quality of their underlying abstract rhythms, rather than by differences of subject, that we distinguish the great painters, one from another…’

(Patrick Heron, 'London - Paris', New Statesman and Nation, 25th March 1950, reproduced in Viven Knight (ed.), Patrick Heron, Lund Humphries, London, 1988, p.23.)

Modern & Post-War British Art

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