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© The Estate of Kenneth Martin

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Composition 1949 / 1950

Not on display

This is one of Martin’s earliest abstract paintings, shown in his first exhibition of abstract work at the Leicester Galleries in London in 1950. By placing rectangles and squares at an angle, Martin has created the effect of movement, as if the shapes are tumbling from the top left corner to the bottom right of the canvas. The colours are muted and the shapes balanced, so no one element dominates the painting.


  • Acc. No. GMA 5064
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 40.70 x 35.50 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Mr Ken Powell 2006 [received 2008]