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    Sale 12304

    Modern British and Irish Art

    14 July 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 180

    Patrick Caulfield, R.A. (1936-2005)

    You'll be sick if you spend all your time indoors

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    Patrick Caulfield, R.A. (1936-2005)
    You'll be sick if you spend all your time indoors
    inscribed '"You'll be sick if you spend all your time indoors"' (lower centre)
    gouache
    16 x 14 ¼ in. (40.6 x 36.2 cm.)
    Executed in 1970.


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    You'll be sick if you spend all your time indoors takes its title from a line in a poem by Franco-Uruguayan poet Jules Laforgue. Blending oblique observations and associations, Laforgue's poetry was an important influence on later poets such as T.S. Eliot. In the late 1960s Caulfield was commissioned to make a set of 22 screenprints to illustrate a limited edition book, using Laforgue's poetry as his inspiration, and the present work inspired one of these prints. Caulfield observed: 'They are not illustrations but complementary images. There are few visually descriptive lines in Laforgue. The images suggest the things I have imagined the poet seeing when he wrote the poem'.

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    Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.


    Provenance

    with Waddington Galleries, London, where purchased by the present owner's aunt, and by descent.