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Many of Gillian Ayres' paintings took titles from Greek myths and from the world of opera, and it was obvious that she looked to such sources for strength, drama and passion, qualities she admired and wished to convey in her paintings. She said of Titian and Rubens, two painters she revered, that they use the medium of painting in the fullest possible way, displaying 'a complete combination of heart and mind…' This was something Ayres strove to emulate, and it is notable that this work has the word 'heart' in its title.
oil on wood
99 x 99 cm
purchased from Knoedler Gallery, 1981