Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004)
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004)

Movement in Space: Day/Night Series

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004)
Movement in Space: Day/Night Series
signed and dated 'W Barns Graham 1980' (lower right on the mount board), signed again, inscribed and dated again 'MOVEMENT IN SPACE/1980 DAY/NIGHT SERIES/W.Barns Graham' (on the backboard)
oil on board
11 x 11 in. (27.9 x 27.9 cm.)
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, Olympia, 23 November 2005, lot 285, where purchased by the present owner.
Edinburgh, Aitken Dott & Son, Festival Exhibition, August - September 1981, no. 25.

Lot Essay

Barns-Graham was preoccupied with exploring speed and energy and the relationship between stillness and movement in her paintings. The present work is from her Day/Night Series of the early 1980s. Lynne Green comments on a larger version of this work: 'The ethereal quality of the disc-spheres ... is conjured by a thin wash of white pigment that swirls at the painting's centre. The circular forms - two barely discernible as they enter (or leave) at the extreme right- have the eerie presence of planets floating in an unknown solar system ... In ordered ranks of carefully calculated colour gradations the artist exploits the properties of 'colour value'- the combined effect of individual colour or hue, its brightness (tone), and saturation (intensity)- as well as colour's apparent 'temperature', 'weight' and 'energy'' (see L. Green, W. Barns-Graham: A Studio Life, Aldershot, 2001, p. 205).

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