A.S. Byatt (Portrait of A S Byatt : Red, Yellow, Green and Blue : 24 September 1997)

1 portrait on display in Room 35 at the National Portrait Gallery

A.S. Byatt (Portrait of A S Byatt : Red, Yellow, Green and Blue : 24 September 1997), by Patrick Heron, 1997 - NPG 6414 - Portrait of A S Byatt : Red, Yellow, Green and Blue : 24 September 1997; © The estate of Patrick Heron. All Rights Reserved, DACS, 2013

Portrait of A S Byatt : Red, Yellow, Green and Blue : 24 September 1997; © The estate of Patrick Heron. All Rights Reserved, DACS, 2013

A.S. Byatt (Portrait of A S Byatt : Red, Yellow, Green and Blue : 24 September 1997)

by Patrick Heron
oil on canvas, 1997
38 1/8 in. x 47 7/8 in. (968 mm x 1216 mm)
Commissioned, 1998
Primary Collection
NPG 6414


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

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A. S. Byatt's portrait was the third by Patrick Heron to enter the Gallery's collection, painted some 50 years after his well-known semi-cubist image of T. S. Eliot. Painted in his St. Ives studio, Heron's distinction as a leading abstract artist was relevant to the sitter's wishes: 'a picture of what I really feel like when I am working at full speed... a portrait of somebody who might conceivably write a book. What I wanted was the presence of the idea of me.'

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