Gouache and watercolor on wove paper, 1962. 640x490 mm; 25 1/4x19 1/4 inches. Signed and dated in ink, lower right.
Provenance: private collection, Paris; Bill Hodges Gallery, New York; private collection.
This lush, atmospheric work on paper was part of a series of minimal chromatic abstractions Delaney made in Paris through the early 1960s. His Paris paintings reflected a sensitivity to light and a quieter voice than the noise and tumult depicted in his views of Greenwich Village. Particularly in this body of work, art historian Michael D. Plante sees a subtle "silence"--"nothing is described nor contoured; the viewer is left to be seduced by Delaney's painterly touch." He also painted a Composition in Blue, oil on canvas, which was included in his solo exhibition at Galerie Paul Facchetti in June of 1960 and loaned to the Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture at the Carnegie Institute in 1962. Conwill pp. 34-35; Canterbury p. 87.