• 20th Century British Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5529

    20th Century British Art

    31 March 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 43

    Cecil Collins (1908-1989)

    Two Fools

    Price Realised  


    Cecil Collins (1908-1989)
    Two Fools
    signed and dated 'Cecil Collins 1942' (lower left)
    pencil, watercolour and ink
    10¾ x 8¾ in. (27.4 x 22.2 cm.)

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    Collins' images of The Fool are amongst the most important of his work - The Fool symbolising, for him, purity of consciousness. His best known work, The Sleeping Fool (1943, Tate Gallery, London) is part of this series. 'The deep and passionate feelings that underlie his portrayal of the Fool were expressed in an essay, The Vision of the Fool, written between 1942 and 1945 and published in 1947' (see W. Anderson, Cecil Collins, London, 1988, p. 57).

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