Agnes Martin

Happy Holiday

About this artwork

Agnes Martin's spare, geometric compositions have drawn comparison with the work of Minimalist artists. However, Martin maintained that her paintings were concerned with the inner emotional world, searching for a perfection which was impossible to achieve, combined with the desire for contentment and serenity. The artist wrote that all her work, “is about perfection as we are aware of it in our minds but that the paintings are very far from being perfect – completely removed in fact – even as we ourselves are.” This is one of a series of paintings from the 1990s in which the artist used titles to evoke happy memories from the past.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Happy Holiday
  • date created:
    1999
  • materials:
    Acrylic paint and graphite on canvas
  • measurements:
    152.40 x 152.40 X 4.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • accession number:
    AR00179
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Agnes Martin

Agnes Martin