Barnett NewmanMoment 1946

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Artwork details

Artist
Barnett Newman (1905‑1970)
Title
Moment
Date 1946
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 762 x 406 mm frame: 805 x 450 x 38 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mrs Annalee Newman, the artist's widow, in honour of the Directorship of Sir Alan Bowness 1988
Reference
T05501
Not on display

Summary

On a vertical rectangular canvas Moment 1946 features a strong pale yellow vertical band of paint – which may at first seem to be raw canvas – that appears to divide the work into two equal parts. Created by the use of masking tape to section off a strip of the canvas, the band forms a bold contrast against a background of streaked browns, greens, greys and whites. Recalling the natural grain of a wood panel, the painting’s background was produced by the artist passing a heavily loaded but relatively dry brush across the surface of the canvas. The work is signed and dated in the lower right-hand corner.

A key member of the abstract expressionist movement which developed in the United States in the 1940s, New York-based Barnett Newman was driven by a belief that creating an artwork was an intensely spiritual act… (read more)

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