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Composition No. 9

© the artist. Photo credit: University of Warwick

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This painting is typical of English abstract painting in the 1960s before the impact of American Abstract Expressionism was fully felt. In the previous decade influential pioneers like Victor Pasmore had developed the 'constructionist' form of abstraction characterised by structure and order; mark-making and texture were often prominent features while colour played a relatively minor role. Many of these works made reference to the physical world and were, in effect, abstracted landscapes. This appears to be the case with 'Composition No. 9' in which there is a suggestion of the horizon and the illusion of perspective.

University of Warwick



Composition No. 9




oil on board


H 60.7 x W 61.4 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased from the Coventry and Warwickshire Artists' Society, 1966

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University of Warwick

Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, Coventry, West Midlands CV4 7AL England

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