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    Sale 7424

    20th Century British Art

    16 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 80

    Graham Sutherland, O.M. (1903-1980)

    Tourette

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Graham Sutherland, O.M. (1903-1980)
    Tourette
    signed, inscribed and dated 'Tourettes/1947 Sutherland' (lower left)
    pencil, chalk, watercolour and bodycolour
    15 x 17½ in. (38 x 44.5 cm.)


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    The present work is a study for the oil of the same title painted in 1948. Sutherland discovered the landscape around Tourette-sur-Loup, not far from Vence, whilst exploring the Riviera with Francis Bacon. The rocks and grasses of a dried-up river bed were to be a fruitful source of ideas. The same landscape was to be one of the inspirations, in 1950, for his monumental canvas Origins of the Land (Tate, London).

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    Provenance

    with Galeria Il Capricorno, Venice.
    with Rex Evans Gallery, Los Angeles.
    Professor Bruno, February 1973.
    Purchased by the present owner in Belgium, 1990.


    Pre-Lot Text

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    Exhibited

    Venice, Galeria Il Capricorno, March 1994, catalogue not traced.