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Orange and Lemon are colours. Is white a fruit?

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If orange and lemon are colours, white could be a fruit. Well that’s how it seemed when viewing a painting at Warwick University by the great Patrick Heron entitled Orange and Lemon with White, 1965.

I know I said something similar the other day about ultramarine in a painting by him. It’s been a Patrick Heron week for me. It started with Terry Greene’s post and then later another and then this by Rhetoricalpens.

David Manley commented with this lovely story about Heron:

… I …recall Heron coming to my art school in 1973 and proudly telling us how he had covered a twelve by eight foot canvas with a dazzling vermillion with a number two watercolour brush…

…and the reference to Vermillion also reminded me of a this painting at Warwick: Four Vermillions

David, could this have been the one?

Written by Andy Parkinson

April 22, 2012 at 8:30 am

For the millions

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When I was touring the art collection at Warwick University, assistant curator Elizabeth Dooley introduced a wonderful painting by Patrick Heron. I heard her call it “For the Millions”..

…and in this collection, dispersed as it is throughout the university and right there where work is being done, as well as open for public viewing, it may well get seen by ‘the millions’. However, I mis-heard her. The title is Four Vermillions. Four reds near enough in value, tone and hue to be called “vermillion” yet different enough for there to be four very distinct colours.

I recently heard David Batchelor (there is a marvelous piece by him in the same building entitled Against Nature, photo below) say that he does not use the names of colours, as you cannot know what kind of the named colour it is without actually seeing it. He said something like that anyway, unless I mis-heard him.

Thanks Liz, for the tours, they were excellent.

Written by Andy Parkinson

March 16, 2012 at 8:45 am


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