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Keith Vaughan
STUDY FOR AT THE BEGINNING OF TIME / THESEUS
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Keith Vaughan
STUDY FOR AT THE BEGINNING OF TIME / THESEUS
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Details & Cataloguing

Modern & Post-War British Art

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Keith Vaughan
1912-1977
STUDY FOR AT THE BEGINNING OF TIME / THESEUS

Provenance

The Estate of the Artist
Prunella Clough
Private Collection
Sale, Sotheby's London, 14th November 2012, lot 183
Private Collection

Catalogue Note

We are grateful to Gerard Hastings, whose new book Awkward Artefacts: The ‘Erotic Fantasies of Keith Vaughan’ is published by Pagham Press in association with the Keith Vaughan Society, for his kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present work.

As part of the 1951 Festival of Britain celebrations Vaughan was commissioned to paint Discovery, an enormous mural for the interior of the Dome of Discovery on the South Bank. No photographic record survives of the fifty-foot mural – Vaughan’s largest single painting – and it was destroyed at the end of the festival when the dome was taken down. This oil panel forms part of a series of highly finished pencil studies, detailed gouaches and oil studies he made in preparation for the mural and gives us an insight into what the finished work looked like.

Vaughan’s imagery encapsulates various moment in man’s evolutionary history – emerging from out of the forest, the harnessing of fire and setting off to discover new lands. It is an essentially optimistic view of mankind, filled with a new range of gestures and poses. The subject provided him with the opportunity to not only depict the male nude in a landscape setting but also infuse the composition with drama and theatrical effect. 

Modern & Post-War British Art

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London