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    Sale 5884

    20th Century British Art

    15 July 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 10

    Sven Berlin (1911-2000)

    Self-Portrait

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    Sven Berlin (1911-2000)
    Self-Portrait
    signed and dated 'SVEN B/38' (lower left), signed and dated again 'SVEN Berlin/1940.' (centre left)
    oil on panel
    21 x 11 in. (53.3 x 30 cm.)
    Painted in 1938.


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    The present work was painted between 1938-1940 and is an important visual record of Berlin in his first year of residency in St Ives. In 1938, St Ives was a flourishing community of traditionalist artists. However, within a decade the St Ives School would be firmly seeded. In the present work we can observe how Sven's own approach to his work in St Ives was already taking shape. In Self-Portrait Sven demonstrates his early draughtmanship echoing Rembrandt and his superlative use of colour inspired by Japanese print artists.

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    Provenance

    with Modern Art Gallery Ltd., London.


    Exhibited

    London, England & Co., Jack Bilbo & The Moderns : The Modern Art Gallery 1941-1948, 1 - 30 November 1990, no. 6.