- George Keyt
- Untitled (Man, Woman and Child)
- Signed and dated 'G Keyt / 46' lower right
- Oil on canvas
- 45 x 33 inches
Sotheby's New York, 19 March 2008, lot 1
While he was inspired by the works of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, his painting was not merely an adoption of western art movements. “His distinction has been to assimilate such Western influences, while remaining unmistakably Eastern- a process all the more natural in that Western Art had first assimilated certain Eastern influences”, wrote Sir Herbert Read. (George Keyt: A Centennial Anthology, The George Keyt Foundation, Colombo, 2001, p. x). This is exemplified in his unique style, borrowing from both cubism and classical Hindu sculpture. Meanwhile, his skillful use of colour creates a dramatic image, which, as the renowned Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda once noted, was what made him “the living nucleus of a great painter” (W.G. Archer, ibid, p. 124.).