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Creator:
Trevor Bell, 1930–2017, British
Title:

Orange on Top

Date:
1959
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
48 x 36 inches (121.9 x 91.4 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Signed and dated, scratched into paint, lower left: "BELL 59"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
© Trevor Bell
Accession Number:
B1993.28
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
abstract art | black | brushstrokes | contrast | Expressionist | gray | texture
Access:
Not on view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:1388
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The young Trevor Bell settled in St. Ives in the early 1950s, where he received important encouragement from Ben Nicholson and Patrick Heron (whose works are shown nearby). St. Ives was then the leading British center for postwar abstraction, in contrast to the return to figuration taught by the London schools, a response to the upheaval of the Second World War. Orange on Top was made shortly after Bell had achieved national recognition with a one-man show in London, which led Heron to describe him as “the best non-figurative painter under thirty.” In 1976, Bell was appointed Professor for Master Painting at Florida State University, where he taught for twenty years until returning to Cornwall in 1996. Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Art in Focus : St Ives Abstraction (Yale Center for British Art, 2013-04-12 - 2013-09-29) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Sylviane Gold, In the Abstract, a Coastal Scene Materializes, A Review of 'Art in Focus: St. Ives Abstraction’ at Yale Center for British Art , New York Times, New York, July 14, 2013, Metropoltan Section, p. 9, Yale Internet Resource [ORBIS]

St Ives abstraction, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2013, p. 20, V 2475 (YCBA) [YCBA]


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