Keith Vaughan (British, 1912-1977) Two Figures on a Red Ground 31.4 x 26.1 cm. (12 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.)
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Keith Vaughan
(British, 1912-1977)
Two Figures on a Red Ground 31.4 x 26.1 cm. (12 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.)
Sold for £9,750 (US$ 15,647) inc. premium

Lot Details
Keith Vaughan (British, 1912-1977)
Two Figures on a Red Ground
signed and dated 'Keith Vaughan/66' (lower right)
gouache, ink and oil pastel
31.4 x 26.1 cm. (12 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.)

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    With The Tib Lane Gallery, Manchester
    Private Collection, U.K.

    Exhibited
    Probably Manchester, The Tib Lane Gallery, 1967

    This work was made after Vaughan returned from a road trip around Morocco in 1965. He hired a car and drove all over the country, noting the changes in the quality of the terrain and recording his journey in his journal. The ochre-coloured landscape of the Atlas mountains and hot beaches made a deep impression on him:

    Marvellous landscape driving up the coastal road from Agadir. Dry, luminous, scrubby foothills – cinnamon pink to ochre – white dotted with dark olives & patches of glowing saturated colour....Tremendous intensity of light, burning sun (Keith Vaughan, Journals (unpublished), April 19, 1965).

    On his return, Vaughan's palette intensified and became warmer. The two figures presented here are probably bathers on a beach at sunset, and are traced with a characteristically summary outline. The combination of ink, wax pastel and gouache, is typical of Vaughan's preference for a rich and varied surface.

    We are grateful to Anthony Hepworth for his assistance in cataloguing this lot and to Gerard Hastings, author of Keith Vaughan: The Photographs (Pagham Press, 2013), for compiling the catalogue entry.
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