‘Jaune Foncé’is a French phrase meaning ‘deep yellow’. A much deeper yellow than its yolky counterpart Jaune Foncé
, 1972, Kim Lim uses it to create a geometric image that recalls her earlier Ladder
series, adding a touch of M.C Escher-like surrealism with its break in pattern half-way down the piece. Once again, Kim Lim exploits the negative space on the page to create tension in the piece.
Jaune Fonce Aquatint
Date of work
Original: Intaglio print on paper 22.5 x 22.5 Tate. Purchased 1976 © DACS
Kim Lim (1936–1997) was a Singaporean-British sculptor and printmaker. She is best known for her abstract wooden and stone-carved sculptures exploring the relationship between art and nature, and for her printed works on paper. At age seventeen, she travelled to London to pursue an education in fine art. In 1954, she enrolled at St Martin’s School of Fine Art , and two years later she transferred to the Slade where she studied sculpture and print-making. Lim exhibited throughout her career, including being the only female artist exhibited at the Hayward Annual in 1977 and part of the all-female committee at the Second Hayward Annual II in 1978. Her work is part of public collections around the world, including Tate.