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Small Red Square with Green and Yellow

© the estate of Patrick Heron. All rights reserved, DACS 2020. Photo credit: The Pier Arts Centre

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'Small Red Square with Green and Yellow' is composed of an arrangement of coloured, irregular rectilinear forms. The layering and proximity of these oblong forms create an illusion of depth through their tonal and chromatic interrelationships. This is further emphasised through the varied paint densities Heron uses.

Heron was instrumental in introducing American Abstract Expressionism to Britain and was a friend of the influential critic Clement Greenberg.

The Pier Arts Centre





oil on canvas


H 50.6 x W 40.6 cm

Accession number

PAC 26

Acquisition method

gift from Margaret Gardiner, 1979

Work type


Inscription description

1. 'TOP / SMALL RED SQUARE / WITH GREEN AND / YELLOW : AUGUST / 1958 / Patrick HERON'. 2. exhibition label for Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Out of Place: Works from the Pier Arts Centre collection). 3. exhibition label for Tate (Pier Gallery Collection 20th Sept-29th Oct 1978). 4. '749'. 5. exhibition label (artist name and title).


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