Dennis Farr and Éva Chadwick. Lynn Chadwick Sculptor: With a Complete Illustrated Catalogue 1947-2005, Lund Humphries, Aldershot, UK, 2006, cat.no.620, ill. pp.274-275 (another cast).
Patrick Heron (1920-1999), 3 Reds, 1967
Oil on canvas
97 x 122 cm
113 x 138 cm (Framed)
£185,000 plus ARR and any applicable taxes
Patrick Heron was one of Britain's most significant colourist painters as well as that rare breed, an artist and critic, who could contribute to the development of, as well as the understanding of, abstract painting. His startling experimentations in colour and the physical presence of his painting, on a grand scale, set him among the most visually stimulating British artists of the 20th Century. 3 Reds: 1967, is a work from Heron’s maturity by which time pure colour, rather than form, had become central to his vision.
Heron sought to juxtapose colours in order to explore the relationships between them. Discussing the visual properties of the colour red, which is used in three tones in the present work, he explained, 'If I stand only eighteen inches away from a fifteen-foot canvas that is uniformly covered in a single shade of red, say, my vision being entirely monopolised by red I shall cease within a matter of seconds to be fully conscious of that red: the redness of that red will not be restored until a fragment of another colour is allowed to intrude, setting up a reaction. It is in this interaction between differing colours that our full awareness of any of them lies. So the meeting-lines between areas of colour are utterly crucial to our appreciation of the actual hue of those areas' (P.Heron quoted in M. Gooding, Patrick Heron, London, 1994, p. 186).
In the present work a striking visual impact is created by the hard edges that divide the different colour planes, and, as the artist explained, 'a jagged line separating two reds will make them cooler or hotter, pinker or more orange, than a smoothly looping or rippling line. The line changes the colour on either side of it. This being so, it follows that it is the linear character that I give to the frontiers between colour-areas that finally determines the apparent colour of my colours' (P. Heron, 'Colour in my Painting', The Studio, London, December 1969, pp. 204-5).
Collection of Mr. Robins (acquired in February 1970) then by descent.
Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975), Trophy (flight), 1965
Polished bronze on a hardwood base
45.5 x 30 x 25 cm (HxWxD)
Numbered 2⁄2 (on the underside)
Conceived in 1965 and cast by Morris Singer, London in an edition of 2, plus 1 artist's cast
£250,000 plus ARR and any applicable taxes
Commissioned by Air Commodore Whitney Straight, C.B.E., M.C., D.F.C., London.
Sir Hugh Casson, R.A., London. Sold to benefit The Royal Academy Hugh Casson Drawing Prize; Christie's, London, 24 November 2000, lot 47.
Acquired from Waddington Galleries, London in January 2004.
London, Gimpel Fils, Barbara Hepworth, May-July 1966, no. 16, another cast exhibited. London, Tate Gallery, Barbara Hepworth, April-May 1968, no. 161, another cast exhibited. St Ives, Guildhall, Exhibition on the Occasion of the Conferment of the Honorary Freedom of the Borough of St Ives on Bernard Leach and Barbara Hepworth, September-October 1968, another cast exhibited, ex. cat. Galashiels, Arts Council of Great Britain, Scottish College of Textiles, Barbara Hepworth: A selection of small bronzes and prints, April-May 1978, no. 17, another cast exhibited: this exhibition travelled to Inverness, Museum and Art Gallery, June 1978; Dundee, Museum and Art Gallery, September 1978; Milngavie, Lillie Art Gallery, September-October 1978; Hawick, Museum and ArtGallery, October-November 1978; and Ayr, Maclaurin Art Gallery, November-December 1978. Swansea, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum, Barbara Hepworth: A Sculptor's Landscape, October-November 1982, no. 17, another cast exhibited: this exhibition travelled to Bangor, Art Gallery, November-December 1982; Wrexham, Library Art Centre, December 1982-January 1983; and Isle of Man, Manx Museum, February 1983. Salisbury, New Art Centre,Barbara Hepworth: Polished Bronzes, December 2001-February 2002, exhibition not numbered, another cast exhibited.
A. Bowness (ed.). The Complete Sculpture of Barbara Hepworth 1960-69, London, 1971, p. 41, no. 399, pl. 139, another cast illustrated. Exhibition catalogue. Barbara Hepworth: A Sculptor's Landscape, Swansea, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum, 1982,n.p., no. 17, another cast illustrated. A.M. Hammacher. The Sculpture of Barbara Hepworth, London, 1998, p. 153, 210, pl. 130, another cast illustrated. S. Bowness (ed.), Barbara Hepworth: The Plasters The Gift to Wakefield, Farnham, 2011, pp. 56, 61, 142, 144, no. 25, another cast illustrated. S. Bowness. Barbara Hepworth: The Sculptor in the Studio, London, 2017, p. 94, fig. 93, another cast illustrated
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