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    20th Century British Art including The Olga Davenport Collection

    25 March 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 38

    William Scott, R.A. (1913-1989)

    Study for Berlin Blues I

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    William Scott, R.A. (1913-1989)
    Study for Berlin Blues I
    signed and dated 'W Scott 64' (lower right)
    gouache
    21¼ x 26¾ in. (53.9 x 67.9 cm.)
    This work is recorded in the William Scott Archives as No. 1661.


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    'The Berlin Blues series marks WS's confident arrival at a new way of painting and a new image. The grounds are white: a matt, receding white, a soft whiteness within which the motifs, usually in more than one blue, floats. At first their dispositions follow a vertical order: the motifs seem to be arranged in columns ... Before the end of 1964 blues became WS's main colours, usually in a field of white. The blue forms are given soft edges that melt slightly into the white ground, and the white is often given a blueish tinge' (see N. Lynton, William Scott, London, 2004, pp. 278-280).
    It is interesting to note that Study for Berlin Blues I is close to Heron's way of using soft edges and in turn was chosen by Davenport at the 1966 Gimpel Hanover Gallery exhibition.

    Sarah Whitfield is currently preparing the Catalogue Raisonné of works in oil by William Scott. The William Scott Foundation would like to hear from owners of any work by the artist so that these can be included in this comprehensive catalogue or in future projected catalogues. Please write to Sarah Whitfield c/o Christie's, 20th Century British Art Department, 8 King Street, London, SW1Y 6QT.

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    Provenance

    Purchased by Mr & Mrs Nicholas Davenport at the 1967 exhibition.


    Literature

    Exhibition catalogue Zurich, Gimpel Hanover Gallery, William Scott - Neue Bilder und Aquarelle, March - April 1966, cat. no. 32, illustrated in catalogue in black & white.


    Exhibited

    Zurich, Gimpel Hanover Gallery, William Scott - Neue Bilder und Aquarelle, March - April 1966, cat. no. 32.
    Oxford, Bear Lane Gallery, William Scott - Exhibition of New Gouaches, May 1967, catalogue not traced.