• 20th Century British Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5886

    20th Century British Art

    16 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 81

    Keith Vaughan (1912-1977)

    Winter Woolies

    Price Realised  


    Keith Vaughan (1912-1977)
    Winter Woolies
    inscribed and dated 'Winter woolies. Oct./41.' (lower left)
    ink and watercolour
    7¾ x 10¾ in. (19.7 x 27.3 cm.)

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    Vaughan's gouache and ink study captures an intimate and unguarded moment of reverie and relaxation in a military bivvy hut, or tent. The khaki-brown tint promotes the military ambience while the untouched paper creates dramatic highlight that both suggests an interior source of light and lends the composition anatomic definition and tonal balance. The artist himself was among the inmates and so observes the life of the soldier in barracks from within. To this extent Vaughan's drawing is social documentary, sharing more with Hogarth or Ardizzone than with the stylised abstractions of the figure that would follow.

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    with Redfern Gallery, where purchased by the present owner, 23rd June 1981.