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    Sale 5132

    Twentieth Century British Art

    6 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 138

    William Johnstone (1897-1981)

    Patent Leather

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    William Johnstone (1897-1981)
    Patent Leather
    signed, inscribed and dated 'William Johstone/1968/Patent Leather' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    28 x 36 in. (71.1 x 91.5 cm.)

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    During the late 1950s Johnstone painted a series of large canvases grouped as Northern Gothic which are predominantly black, where the brush is used in a broad and spontaneous manner to create an uneven surface, oftern superimposed over an underlying form of blended colour.
    Although this painting is of a later date, we are clearly reminded of the powerful effect of depth achieved in this series.

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