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    Sale 7637

    20th Century British Art

    12 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 10

    Patrick Heron (1920-1999)

    Floating Reds: December 1962

    Price Realised  


    Patrick Heron (1920-1999)
    Floating Reds: December 1962
    signed, inscribed and dated 'PATRICK/HERON/FLOATING REDS:/DEC 1962' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    9¾ x 12¾ in. (24.8 x 32.4 cm.)

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    Heron wrote in 'A Note on my Painting: 1962', 'For a very long time, now, I have realised that my over-riding interest is colour. Colour is both the subject and the means; the form and the content; the image and the meaning, in my painting to-day ... It is obvious that colour is now the only direction in which painting can travel. Painting has still a continent left to explore, in the direction of colour (and in no other direction) ... It seems obvious to me that we are still only at the beginning of our discovery and enjoyment of the superbly exciting facts of the world of colour. One reels at the colour possibilities now: the varied and contrasting intensities, opacities, transparencies; the seeming density and weight, warmth, coolness, vibrancy; or the superbly inert "dull" colours - such as the marvellously uneventful expanses of the surface of an old green door in the sunlight' (see V. Knight, Patrick Heron, London, 1988, p. 34).

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    with Waddington Galleries, London, where purchased by Denis Nahum at the 1963 exhibition.
    with Peter Nahum, London, where purchased by the present owner, July 2006.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Estate of Naomi Weaver


    London, Waddington Galleries, Patrick Heron, February - March 1963, no. 23.