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Details & Cataloguing

The Robert Devereux Collection of Post-War British Art in aid of the African Arts Trust, Sale 1

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Alan Reynolds
B.1926
FORMS ON AN OVOID GROUND
signed and numbered 3; also titled and numbered 3 on an artist's label attached to the reverse
oil on board
51.5 by 50cm.; 20¼ by 19¾in.
Executed in 1962.
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Provenance

Richard Attenborough
Galerie Haas, Berlin
Nick Holmes Fine Art, Brinton, where acquired by the present owner in November 2005

Literature

J. P. Hodin, Alan Reynolds: The Redfern Artists Series, Fisher, Knight & Co., St. Albans, 1962, illustrated on the cover and internally (unpaginated).

Catalogue Note

'What I desire in my painting is structure and through that structure, poetry - the kind of poetry which is instinct with abstract visual form. I begin with a few simple shapes or forms and then improvise intuitively. It is the image - the thing itself that for me is important.'
Alan Reynolds, quoted in J.P. Hodin, Alan Reynolds, The Redfern Artists Series, London, 1962.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Reynolds began to shift towards more structural, abstract compositions and away from the landscape paintings he had previously exhibited with great success at the Redfern Gallery. This shift was not as abrupt as it might originally appear, as both the landscapes and the abstract pieces are, as Michael Harrison comments, 'based on the play between vertical and horizontal, what [Reynolds] came to see as our essential relationship with landscape' (Alan Reynolds, exh. cat., Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, 2003, pp. 17-20.). The later abstracts at first incorporated 'geometric forms... including circular shapes, sometimes with black or primary colours, and then [became] purely rectilinear and eventually just white' (ibid, pp. 17-20). The present work combines an underlying structure with an intuitive response to form, creating a balance and harmony which has continually been at the heart of Reynolds' work.  

The Robert Devereux Collection of Post-War British Art in aid of the African Arts Trust, Sale 1

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London