Norman AdamsRainbow Painting (I) 1966

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Artist
Norman Adams (1927‑2005)
Title
Rainbow Painting (I)
Date 1966
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1270 x 1270 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1969
Reference
T01127
Not on display

Catalogue entry

Norman Adams b. 1927
T01127 RAINBOW PAINTING (1) 1966
Inscribed on reverse ‘(1) FIRST RAINBOW PAINTING (EASTER SERIES) 1966 N.A.’
Canvas, 50×50 (127×127).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1969.
Exh: Royal Academy, 1969 (1112).
Repr: Royal Academy Illustrated, 1969, p. 1.

Three other ‘Rainbow’ paintings were exhibited at the Royal Academy in the same year (Nos. 1129, 1140 and 1141).

The artist wrote (27 January 1970): 'There are many more than the four Rainbow paintings. It is difficult to say how many there will be in the end as I am still painting them. There must be by now about 15. It can hardly be considered, in the strictest sense, a series. It is a very open ended situation and the recent ones have more to do with a particular place and I call them “the sound of Scarp”, though in most cases a rainbow features dominantly. The (Easter series) part of the original title was because those particular paintings were begun at Easter and were inspired by the season, which always resurrects, usually dominant. Christian feelings in me… (read more)

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