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    Sale 5883

    20th Century British Art including The Olga Davenport Collection

    25 March 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 9

    Cecil Collins, R.A. (1908-1989)

    Girl Fool

    Price Realised  


    Cecil Collins, R.A. (1908-1989)
    Girl Fool
    signed and dated 'Cecil Collins 1942' (lower left), signed again, inscribed and dated again '''GIRL FOOL''/(1942) GOUACHE/CECIL COLLINS' (on the enclosed backboard) and signed and inscribed again 'GIRL FOOL/GOUACHE/BY/CECIL COLLINS' (on a gallery label attached to the enclosed backboard)
    ink, watercolour and bodycolour
    9½ x 7½ in. (24.1 x 19 cm.)

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    Girl Fool is one of the very first drawings for Cecil Collins' most important philosophical series, The Vision of the Fool.
    Collins used the character of 'The Fool' as an actor in his works from 1942. For him the Fool represented a state of innocence and spiritual purity. In his essay entitled 'The Vision of the Fool (1942)', Collins explained that he saw the qualities of the Fool as essential to creativity and inspiration. In this work, Girl Fool takes on a curvaceous mermaid status.

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    with Alex Reid & Lefevre, London.
    Gifted by the artist to Olga Davenport.