• 20th Century British And Irish auction at Christies

    Sale 7789

    20th Century British And Irish Art

    12 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 38

    John Banting (1902-1972)


    Price Realised  


    John Banting (1902-1972)
    signed, inscribed, dedicated and dated 'For Zena/John Banting/Cork Street January/1937' (on the reverse)
    oil on board
    9¾ x 7 in. (24.7 x 17.8 cm.)

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    Banting contributed to the hugely important International Exhibition of Surrealism at the New Burlington Galleries, London, in the summer of 1936. Salvador Dali, who delivered a lecture at the exhibition whilst wearing a deep-sea diving suit, nearly suffocated during his presentation, only to be rescued by a poet, David Gascoyne, who arrived with a spanner to release him. With strong Stalinist views Banting visited Spain between October and December 1937 during the Civil War.

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    A gift from the artist to Zena Douglas in 1937, and by inheritance.