Artworks and Artists
Chromatic Accelerator

Chromatic Accelerator,
Tousignant, Claude
acrylic on canvas
244.7 cm


This work is part of a series of thirty-five paintings of gongs, or chromatic accelerators that explore how colour and light are integrated onto a circular surface. Tousignant described his approach in 1964: "what interests me is turning the canvas into an immense field of chromatic vibrations, so that the very rhythm of the colour is what speaks to us". The artist adds: "what interests me is the large number of rhythmic relationships possible within the entire composition. I do not want the same colour always in the same position. The circular movement as such, is not important, nor the impression of deep space. It is rather the centrifugal-centripetal movement which is important to me."