John Coburn’s Serenity

Some Friday joy.

| John Coburn, Output, 1970, acrylic on canvas, 130 x 195cm |

These 1970’s images of  John Coburn’s paintings come from Lou Klepac’s book.

According to Klepac, Coburn had once commented that the word ‘decorative’, often used to describe his work and usually in a pejorative sense, he took as a compliment.

Klepac then goes on to say that Matisse, one of the painters who had inspired Coburn, aimed at something similar: ‘What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter, an art which might be for every mental worker, be he businessman or writer, like an appeasing influence, like a mental soother, something like a good armchair in which to rest from physical fatigue.’

| John Coburn, Helmut, 1970, acrylic on canvas, 130 x 160cm |


Julia Ritson

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