26 November 2015
Graham Sutherland, O.M. (1903-1980)
Standing Form: Hot Summer Room
signed and dated 'Sutherland 51' (lower right), inscribed and dated again 'STANDING/FORM: HOT/SUMMER/ROOM/1951' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
18 x 15 in. (46 x 38 cm.)
with Hanover Gallery, London, where purchased by G.F. Williams, and by descent.
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D. Cooper, The Work of Graham Sutherland, London, 1961, p. 78, no. 102d, illustrated.
London, Hanover Gallery, Graham Sutherland: Recent Paintings, June - August 1951, ex-catalogue.
'People ask me about my 'Standing Forms'. What do they mean? They do not of course mean anything. The forms are based on the principles of organic growth, with which I have always been preoccupied. To me they are monuments and presences. But why use these forms instead of human figures? Because, at the moment, I find it necessary to catch the taste - the quality - the essence of the presence of the human figure: the mysterious immediacy of a figure standing in a room, or against a hedge in its shadow, its awareness, its regard, as if one had never seen it before - by a substitution. I find at the moment that I can make these qualities more real to myself in this way. It happens that I find these organic forms best for my purpose. They themselves are emotionally modified from their natural prototype. They give me a sense of the shock of surprise which direct evocation could not possibly do. Also, in these pictures I am trying to return to these forms after drastic rearrangement and emotional and formal modification to the field of purely visual response - to throw them back as it were, into the original cradle of impact. Seurat did this in his Baignade and the Study for Grande Jatte in the late Lewisohn's collection; today one must use other methods and other ways'
(Graham Sutherland quoted in The Listener, 6 September 1951)
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