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Square Sun, January 1959
© The Estate of Patrick Heron. All rights reserved, DACS 2015

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Square Sun, January 1959 1959

Not on display

This work is one of a number of paintings made between 1958 and 1962 which have been described by critics as ‘atmospheric’ non-figurative paintings. Heron has filled the canvas with colour in an all-over composition which does not contain one single focal point. He explores the depth of the picture space by using layers of partially hidden, coloured shapes and creating form through variations of colour. The rectangles appear to be both floating on top of and emerging from the surface of the painting. Although the painting is not intended to be directly representative, the colours and shapes suggest a sun setting on the horizon.

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Figurative art

A general term for art that refers to the real, visible world, used more specifically for the representation of the human figure.

Picture Space

The illusionary space created within a two dimensional work of art.

Composition, Figurative art, Picture Space


  • Acc. No. GMA 3820
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 122.00 x 76.00 cm
  • Credit Bequest of Alan Stark, 1994