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Patrick Heron

(1920-1999), Painter and art critic

Sitter in 12 portraits
Artist of 5 portraits
Heron was born in Leeds, but spent much of his childhood in Cornwall. In the late 1930s he studied part-time at the Slade School of Art in London. In 1956 he bought Eagles Nest, a home in Zennor, Cornwall, where his family had lived for a time in the late 1920s. The house and its surroundings became a centre for artists and writers in St Ives and central to all of Heron's work. In 1945 and 1946 Heron wrote reviews for the New English Weekly, and was art critic for the New Statesman and Nation (1947-54). Among his most influential written works is The Changing Forms of Art, published in 1955, the year in which his work became predominantly abstract, later becoming increasingly engaged with the role of colour.

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Patrick Heron, by Patrick Heron - NPG 6540

Patrick Heron

by Patrick Heron
oil on canvas, 1951
NPG 6540

Patrick Heron at Lelant Sands, by Susanna Heron - NPG P711

Patrick Heron at Lelant Sands

by Susanna Heron
Iris colour print, 1998
NPG P711

Patrick Heron, by Ida Kar - NPG x131101

Patrick Heron

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1954
NPG x131101

Patrick Heron, by Ida Kar - NPG x31624

Patrick Heron

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1954
NPG x31624

Patrick Heron, by Ida Kar - NPG x199300

Patrick Heron

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1954
NPG x199300

Patrick Heron, by Ida Kar - NPG x132979

Patrick Heron

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1961
NPG x132979

Patrick Heron, by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski - NPG x13723

Patrick Heron

by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski
bromide print on card mount, 1964
NPG x13723

Patrick Heron, by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski - NPG x13724

Patrick Heron

by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski
bromide print on card mount, 1969
NPG x13724

A.S. Byatt; Patrick Heron, by Charles Robert Saumarez Smith - NPG x87732

A.S. Byatt; Patrick Heron

by Charles Robert Saumarez Smith
resin print, circa 1995
NPG x87732

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Patrick Heron

by Philip Sayer
colour print from original transparency, 1985
NPG x76421

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