• 20th Century British Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5529

    20th Century British Art

    31 March 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 141

    William Turnbull (b. 1922)

    Ochre Patch

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    William Turnbull (b. 1922)
    Ochre Patch
    signed, inscribed and dated 'TURNBULL 'OCHRE PATCH' 10/60' (on the canvas-overlap), signed and dated again 'TURNBULL 10-1960' (on the stretcher) and signed again 'Turnbull' (on the canvas-overlap)
    oil on canvas, unframed
    70 x 70 in. (177.8 x 177.8 cm.)

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    In collaboration with Turnbull the present work was selected by Richard Morphet for Turnbull's Tate retrospective show in 1973. It was one of only two works from 1960 in the show. In these, Turnbull was primarily concerned in deployed colour rather than in making shapes:

    'I am concerned with the canvas as a continuous field, where the edge created by the meeting of coloured areas is more the tension in a field than the boundary of a shape' (W. Morphet, William Turnbull Sculpture and Painting, London, 1973, p. 40).

    Lawrence Alloway comments on his paintings of the 1960s:
    'His paintings have a tense, poised balance ... His pictures are fields of colour, rather than figure-field relationships, so that the whole painting is the form and not just the container of separate forms ... the surface is a softly breathing skin' (L. Alloway, 'Avant Garde, London', Image, October 1960, pp. 38 - 43).

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    London, Tate Gallery, William Turnbull: Sculpture and Painting Retrospective Exhibition, August - October 1973, no. 98, as '10-1960'.