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Harmonic Development within a Square
Albert Newall
Artwork 1958
Albert Newall’s oil painting ‘Harmonic Development within a Square’ shows a composition made up of various coloured and overlapping triangular shapes.
Artwork: Albert Newall, Harmonic Development within a Square (1958). Oil on board. 60 x 60 cm. Courtesy of SMAC Gallery.
Artist Albert Newall Title Harmonic Development within a Square Date 1958 Materials Oil on board Dimensions 60 x 60 cm Credit Courtesy of SMAC Gallery

In addition to the painted composition Harmonic Development within a Square, Newall's photobook Images of the Cape was also on display in the exhibition Photo book! Photo-book! Photobook! at A4. Produced seven years after this painting, Images of the Cape demonstrates Newall’s attraction to rhythm, pattern and geometry in nature, as well as his reticence to engage with the politics of South Africa at the time. 

Albert Newall was best known for his abstract paintings – but also worked as a photographer. Immigrating to South Africa following his service as an aerial photographer in the Royal Air Force during World War II, Newall often remarked that his paintings were informed by a view of the world seen from the air.