JOHN CRAXTON, R.A. (1922-2009)
JOHN CRAXTON, R.A. (1922-2009)
JOHN CRAXTON, R.A. (1922-2009)
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JOHN CRAXTON, R.A. (1922-2009)

Two Goats among Rocks

JOHN CRAXTON, R.A. (1922-2009)
Two Goats among Rocks
signed and dated 'Craxton.59' (lower right)
tempera and Polyfilla on panel
48 x 24 in. (121.9 x 61 cm.)
Painted in 1959.
Purchased at the 1961 exhibition by Mrs S.E. Him (née Harman).
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 10 June 1988, lot 193.
Acquired from Fine Art Society, London in July 1993.
London, Leicester Galleries, Recent Paintings by John Craxton, May 1961, no. 11.
London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, John Craxton: paintings and drawings 1941-1966, January - February 1967, no. 77.
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Lot Essay

After the Second World War, and with a desire to travel more than ever, Craxton visited Greece. From late 1946 to early 1947, he and Lucian Freud explored the country’s islands together, later settling in Crete, where the move provided an opportunity to break away from the British Neo-Romantic art scene that Craxton opposed. Inspired by Greek mythology, Byzantine mosaics and the wilderness and colours of the Mediterranean landscape, the inclusion of goats became a principal motif in his painting, adding an energy and tension to his semi-abstracted and Cubist scenes. Craxton commented, ‘Goats are essential domestic animals in the Mediterranean and yet they destroy the landscape, nibbling away at the trees and devouring every green shoot'. The present work is closely related to Craxton’s large scale painting Five Goats of the same period.

We are very grateful to Ian Collins and Richard Riley for their assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.

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