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© estate of John Hoyland. All rights reserved, DACS 2019. Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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Hoyland trained at the Royal Academy Schools and was profoundly impressed by Abstract Expressionism during visits to the United States. Since first coming to prominence in 1961 he always worked as an abstract painter and was one of Britain's leading colourists. In this ebullient composition the canvas is divided diagonally, and one half denies formally the propositions expressed in the other half. The title may be a corruption of the Latin 'ligea' meaning 'wood nymph'.

National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff




acrylic on canvas


H 244 x W 216 cm

Accession number

NMW A 2507

Acquisition method

purchased from Waddington Galleries Ltd, 1993

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National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff

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