Agnes Martin

Faraway Love (1999)

About this artwork

After a long period of leaving her works untitled, Agnes Martin adopted an exuberant, even ecstatic tone when titling her later paintings. Here, vertical bands of light-coloured paint have been overpainted with white paint, while light and delicate pencil lines mark the edges of the bands. This contributes to the sense of the sublime that characterises Martin’s work. Both the spirituality and geometric aspects of her paintings draw comparisons with the work of Mondrian as well as the colour field paintings of Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko. All share, to some degree, a quest for ‘spiritual otherness.’

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  • title: Faraway Love
  • accession number: AR00178
  • artist: Agnes MartinAmerican (1912 - 2004)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Emotions
  • date created: 1999
  • measurements: 152.40 x 152.40 x 3.50 cm (framed: 154.40 x 154.50 x 4.80 cm)
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright: © Estate of Agnes Martin
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve
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Agnes Martin

Agnes Martin

Agnes Martin was born in Canada but moved to the United States in 1932, becoming an American citizen in 1950. Her paintings were representational until the mid-1950s. By 1964, she had fully developed her characteristic style of canvases covered with a grid structure. In a manner similar to that employed by Mondrian as well as by contemporary minimalist artists, Martin's use of grids asserts the flatness of the picture plane and suggests a meditative spirituality. Her work avoids personal and biographical references as well as influences from nature. Martin has also written extensively on art.