May 27, 2004
A destroyed Patrick Heron

From today's Independent:

More details emerged of the losses yesterday. It was confirmed that more than 50 works by the late British abstract painter Patrick Heron, including his final two paintings, were destroyed. The works belonged to Mr Heron's two daughters.

I rather think that one of those last two paintings, which I found here, is this one:

PatrickHeron.jpg

Each to his own of course, but to me it looks decidedly ordinary.

But I can't help noting that it still, to me, looks ordinary, on account of having been copied, and despite having been destroyed. And I bet I'm not the only one taking a look at this thing for the first time.

I wonder how detailed and accurate the copies and reproductions of this and all the other lost items will prove to be.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 11:56 PM
Category: Painting