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    Sale 7637

    20th Century British Art

    12 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 86

    Alan Reynolds (b. 1926)

    Red, Black, Russet and Grey

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    Alan Reynolds (b. 1926)
    Red, Black, Russet and Grey
    signed 'Reynolds' (lower right), signed again and inscribed 'RED, BLACK, RUSSET, AND GREY/Reynolds' (on a label attached to the reverse)
    oil on panel
    19½ x 17¼ in. (49.9 x 45.1 cm.)
    Painted in 1960.


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    Eric Newton wrote in the preface to the Redfern Gallery catalogue, 'He [Reynolds] began as a landscape painter, to whom the distant sky, the level meadows, the thistle or the ears of corn within reach of his hand were objects to be described with the precision of which only an analytical love of such objects is capable. And gradually, so it seemed to him, the love was in danger of imprisoning him, the analysis wasted on something too ephemeral to deserve it. Something - a kind of harmony, first cousin to mathematics - had to be added; and the addition had to eliminate the ephemeral ... The solution of a dilemma always involves sacrifice, and that, in its turn always involves a conviction that in every worthwhile sacrifice more will be gained than lost ... The vocabulary of Constable has finally become obsolete: that of Mondrian has partially taken its place' (see exhibition catalogue, Alan Reynolds Recent Paintings, London, Redfern Gallery, 1960, p. 4).

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    Provenance

    with Redfern Gallery, London, where purchased by Professor Roland Gibson in July 1960.
    Anonymous sale; Burchard Galleries, St. Petersburg, Florida, 13 December 1998, lot 72.


    Exhibited

    London, Redfern Gallery, Alan Reynolds Recent Paintings, September 1960, no. 8.