Solo Flight
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Solo Flight 1960
'Solo Flight' was one of the first paintings completed after Lanyon had learned to fly over the Cornish coast in his glider, a favourite hobby. Talking about this picture, he explained that "The red is the track of something moving over the surface of the painting, and, at the same time, the track of the aircraft moving over the ground below. Blue air merges with the land. I wanted to get the sense of something far away and down below inside the red track". After exhibiting in New York in 1957, Lanyon began employing the expressive, gestural brushstrokes used by the American Abstract Expressionists.

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Abstract Expressionism

Term applied to a loose grouping of New York-based artists in the mid-20th century including Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko. Internal feelings were expressed by the physical action of producing the art works.

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  • Acc. No. GMA 2742
  • Medium Oil on masonite
  • Size 121.50 x 183.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1983