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T.S. Eliot

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T.S. Eliot, by Patrick Heron, 1949 - NPG 4467 - © The estate of Patrick Heron. All Rights Reserved, DACS, 2013<br />

© The estate of Patrick Heron. All Rights Reserved, DACS, 2013

T.S. Eliot

by Patrick Heron
oil on canvas, 1949
30 in. x 24 3/4 in. (762 mm x 629 mm)
Purchased with help from the Contemporary Art Society, 1965
Primary Collection
NPG 4467


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  • Patrick Heron (1920-1999), Painter and art critic. Artist of 5 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.

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Painted the year after Eliot was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, this portrait is a happy collaboration between two of the leading contemporary theoreticians and practitioners of poetry and painting. Both held radical positions, both were concerned with ideas in the abstract, and both were immensely influential. In 1972, in the introduction to his retrospective at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, Heron said that colour had become his 'most persistent concern. It is the interaction of colours, the 'meeting lines' or 'frontiers' between colours which are crucial.'

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