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    Sale 5884

    20th Century British Art

    15 July 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 21

    Michael Ayrton (1921-1975)

    Orpheus

    Price Realised  

    Michael Ayrton (1921-1975)
    Orpheus
    signed and dated 'Michael/Ayrton/xxx viii' (upper left)
    oil on canvas
    24 x 20 in. (60.9 x 50.8 cm.)


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    In Autumn 1938 Michael Ayrton and John Minton settled in Paris where they both studied under Eugéne Berman and occasionally in the studio of Giorgio de Chirico. In 1938, when the present work was painted, music and ballet played a central position in both Ayrton's and Minton's lives.

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