Lot 121
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Alan Davie

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Description

  • Alan Davie
  • Anthropomorphic Figure No. 2
  • oil on canvas
  • 213 by 172cm.; 80 by 67¾in.
  • Executed in April 1958.

Provenance

The Artist, from whom acquired directly by the present owner in 2007

Exhibited

Sheffield, Graves Art Gallery, Alan Davie Retrospective, June - July 1965, cat. no.16 (as Anthropomorphic Figures No. 2).

Literature

Alan Bowness, Alan Davie, Lund Humphries, London, 1967, cat. no.194, p.114 (as Anthropomorphic Figures No.2 (with Yellow Fruit));
Douglas Hall and Michael Tucker, Alan Davie, Lund Humphries, London, 1992, cat. no.243, p.172. 

Catalogue Note

'Painting has taught me much, mainly that it is impossible to paint a picture and that if a picture is to be, it must happen in spite of me rather than because of me. Yet only through me (the individual) can the formless psyche find substance. The work when it happens will be a revelation of something hitherto hidden. Thus the artist must be a prophet; that is, one who utters that which is meaningful in a timeless sense, not out of reason or knowledge or the past, but out of the eternal NOW which is everlastingly fresh and wonderful.'(Alan Davie, ‘Towards a New Definition of Art, Some Notes on (NOW) Painting’, reproduced in the exhibition catalogue for Alan Davie, Galerie Charles Lienhard, Zurich, April-May 1960)
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