George Keyt is known for his sensuous depiction of women amidst rural settings. Although he drew his stylistic inspiration from the work of Matisse, Picasso, Braque and Derain, his carefully constructed forms are entirely his own. Painted with an air of sombre sensuality, this work reflects the iconography of classical Sinhalese and Hindu sculpture. The Chilean poet Pablo Neruda stated of his work "Keyt, I think is the living nucleus of a great painter. In all his work there is the moderation of maturity...Keyt's pictures nevertheless produce a dramatic effect, particularly in his paintings of Sinhalese people. These figures take on a strange expressive grandeur, and radiate an aura of intensely profound feeling." (W.G. Archer, India and Modern Art, London, 1959, p.124)
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