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    Sale 7595

    20th Century British Art

    6 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 120

    Mary Potter (1900-1981)

    Evening II

    Price Realised  


    Mary Potter (1900-1981)
    Evening II
    oil on canvas
    48 x 60 in. (122 x 152.4 cm.)
    Painted in 1964.

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    Mary Potter attended the Slade School of Art where she was taught by the influential professor, Henry Tonks. Tonks demanded that his students paint in dark tones, and since Potter already favoured the lighter palette she used throughout her career some heated dispute ensued, despite which, she became one of his star pupils, her talent overcoming the artistic difference. 1962-64 were crucial years in her career as she was offered a major retrospective at the Whitechapel Gallery, challenging her to create new work of a grander scope and scale. This coincided with her move to a new studio of far larger proportions, giving her the first real opportunity to realise her potential.

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    with New Art Centre, London, where purchased by the present owner in January 1991.


    London, Whitechapel Gallery, Mary Potter: Paintings 1938-1964, October 1964, no. 114.