Keith Vaughan (British, 1912-1977) Ulysses III 32 x 40.6 cm. (12 1/2 x 16 in.)

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Keith Vaughan
(British, 1912-1977)
Ulysses III 32 x 40.6 cm. (12 1/2 x 16 in.)

Sold for £ 11,475 (US$ 15,780) inc. premium
Keith Vaughan (British, 1912-1977)
Ulysses III
signed and dated 'Vaughan 1938' (lower right) and titled and dated again 'Ulysses/1938' (verso)
oil, pen and ink on paper
32 x 40.6 cm. (12 1/2 x 16 in.)

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Contemporary Books Ltd., Berkshire
    Austin/Desmond Fine Art, Ascot
    Geoffrey Beene
    His sale; Sotheby's, New York, The Collection of Geoffrey Beene, 23-24 September 2005, lot 46, where acquired by the present owner
    Private Collection, U.K.

    Exhibited
    London, New Grafton Gallery, Keith Vaughan, Drawings and Paintings, 1-25 April 1987, cat.no.27
    London, Thomas Agnew & Sons, Keith Vaughan, Retrospective, 14 November-14 December 1990, cat.no.25
    London, Osborne Samuel, Keith Vaughan, Paintings and Drawings, 24 May-23 June 2007, cat.no.1

    Ulysses is the Latin form of the name Odysseus, the hero of Homer's Greek epic poem The Odyssey. Throughout the narrative he becomes trapped with his men on various islands, sometimes for several years at a time. Here we encounter them on a beach, naked and vulnerable, their small boats on the shore and an oar lying in the sand. They appear confused and disorientated. Perhaps this is the island of the Lotus Eaters where his men became intoxicated having eaten the narcotic plants which grew there.

    Even at this very early stage in his career, a gathering of male nudes forms the basis of Vaughan's subject matter. While the central figure, seen from behind, is depicted in flesh-like colour, the others are described only in ghost-like lines, superimposed upon a background landscape. Vaughan has used pen and ink to trace and outline the figural forms, which is in-keeping with his early use of materials.

    We are grateful to Gerard Hastings for preparing this catalogue entry.
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Keith Vaughan (British, 1912-1977) Ulysses III 32 x 40.6 cm. (12 1/2 x 16 in.)
Keith Vaughan (British, 1912-1977) Ulysses III 32 x 40.6 cm. (12 1/2 x 16 in.)
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