MRKUSICH, Milan;

Painting Green

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1971
Oil on canvas
1730 x 1730mm

Inscriptions: MILAN MRKUSICH PAINTING GREEN, 1971 [verso]

Milan Mrkusich’s first ‘corner painting’, Painting Red, was produced in 1968. It was followed by a series of similar works. Each features a dense monochromatic centre and corners with clearly defined triangles of different yet closely related colours. In many works in the series, the monochromatic area is richly varied. This is the case with Painting Green, in which the central field is shot through with purples and blues that seem to glow from deep within the pervading green.

The corner paintings are austerely non-compositional works in which colour is treated only as a physical fact without symbolic significance of any kind. The corners themselves have a tonal variation between them; they contain the field and generate tension.

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