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Patrick Heron (1920-1999)

Biography of painter Patrick Heron (1920-1999)

Patrick Heron was an English painter, writer and designer. He was born in Headingley on 30th January 1920, educated at the Slade School of Fine Art, worked in St Ives and died on 20th March 1999.

In the words of Michael McNay's obituary of Heron for The Guardian in 1999:-

Patrick Heron was one of the half dozen important British painters of the 20th Century. As a painter and critic, Heron's work was a key factor to Britain's awakening to the power and importance of modern art after the second world war.

He regarded Matisse and Bonnard as the two greats of their time and drew much inspiration from them. It was sometimes remarked that Heron got by on his colour but he was as an incisively accurate draughtsman as Ben Nicholson, the friend from whom he inherited the studio overlooking Porthmeor Beach at St Ives. The portraits of the 1940s and 1950s were not successful though it is unlikely that Heron himself, a great protagonist for his own achievements, ever thought so. Latterly when the mesh of lines dropped away, he was free to concentrate on his abiding commitment, the non-figurative explanation of colour and the effect on the retina of the juxtaposition of pure colours (he insisted on the term 'non-figurative' all art, he would say, was abstract).

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Lot FS18/322

Lot FS18/322: Patrick Heron [1920-1999] - Heron/Monet

Patrick Heron [1920-1999] - Heron/Monet inscribed as titled on the reverse further inscribed in pencil on the reverse of the mount board 'drawing by Patrick Heron, signed by him 'Heron/Monet' - done in course of a discussion about Monet with Michael Snow, in whose collection it remained', black line drawing 19.5 x 24.5cm, unframed.

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000
Realised: £1,800

Lot FS12/311

Lot FS12/311: Patrick Heron, RA (1920-1999) May IV: 1976

Patrick Heron, RA (1920-1999) May IV 1976, signed and inscribed on the reverse.

Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000
Realised: £11,500