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    Sale 7595

    20th Century British Art

    6 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 45

    Keith Vaughan (1912-1977)

    Seated figure

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    Keith Vaughan (1912-1977)
    Seated figure
    signed and dated 'Vaughan 51' (lower left), inscribed and dated 'SEATED FIGURE/OIL 1951' (on a label attached to the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    36 x 28 in. (91.5 x 71.1 cm.)


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    This work would appear to be a long-term response to the many Picassos that Vaughan saw for the first time at the Victoria and Albert Museum's exhibition of Picasso and Matisse in 1946, which revived his interest in Picasso that had started in the 1930s, mainly based on illustrations in catalogues and magazines. At first sight, this geometrical figure seems rather outside Vaughan's usual range, but in fact it is an entirely successful adaptation of the cubist manner to his theme and sensibility.

    J.B.

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    Provenance

    Purchased by the present owner in 1951 for £89.50.


    Literature

    Exhibition catalogue, Three Young Collectors, Arts Council, London, 1952, pl. IV.
    Exhibition catalogue, Keith Vaughan Retrospective, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 1962, p. 50, no. 125, pl. 28.


    Exhibited

    London, Lefevre Gallery, New paintings by Keith Vaughan, October 1951, no. 6.
    London, Arts Council, Arts Council Gallery, Three Young Collectors, November - December 1952, no. 35: this exhibition travelled to Nottingham, Chapel Bar Gallery, December 1952 - January 1953; Bristol, City Art Gallery, January 1953; Lincoln, Art Gallery, February 1953; Newcastle, Hatton Gallery, March 1953; and Arbroath, Art Gallery, April 1953.
    London, Arts Council, Drawings for Pictures, 1956, no. 17.
    London, Whitechapel Gallery, Keith Vaughan Retrospective, March - April 1962, no. 125.