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Ah Mine Heart

© the artist. Photo credit: British Council Collection

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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.

British Council Collection


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  • Medium

    oil on wood

  • Measurements

    99 x 99 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    purchased from Knoedler Gallery, 1981


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British Council Collection

Visual Arts, Arts Group 10 Spring Gardens, London, Greater London SW1A 2BN England

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