About this artwork

In the early 1960s, Golding moved away from figurative painting. This is one of his earliest abstract works, though Golding sees it as a continuation of the earlier, representational style. It is clearly ‘about’ something – forms, colours, overlapping and texture – but the identity of the form is no longer clear cut. Golding has stated: "I realised that in my work I was somewhat desperately trying to find a compromise between a male and a female body… When I realised what I was doing I turned my back on this because I am not interested in art as self-discovery or as therapy. Hence, probably, the move to a 'purer', hard-edged art."

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  • accession number:
    GMA 4783
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  • materials:
    Acrylic on canvas
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  • measurements:
    142.50 x 188.00 cm (framed: 142.80 x 188.80 x 2.40 cm)
  • credit line:
    Presented by Polly Toynbee, Rupert and Bruno Wolheim in memory of their mother Mrs Anne Wolheim, 2005
  • copyright:
    © The Estate of the Artist
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve