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This monochromatic abstraction is an example of Gear's adoption of non-representation in the early 1950s. Irregular vertical bands of tone, ranging from black to white, dominate the composition. This arrangement is complicated at the left- and right-hand edges by curving or diagonal lines, which break the vertical rhythm of the piece and create formal tension within the composition.
oil on canvas
H 50 x W 61 cm
Scottish Arts Council Collection Bequest, 1997
1. 'Gear / "Study in Grey" / OCT. '53'. 2. Scottish Arts Council label. 3. Gimpel Fils Gallery, London label. 4. '[illegible script] / 15 [illegible script] / DES GRANDS AUGUSTINS PARIS'. 5. 'Gear '53'.