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Details & Cataloguing

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Prunella Clough
1919 - 1999
LORRY WITH LADDER 1
signed twice
oil on canvas
52 by 50cm.; 20½ by 19¾in.
Executed circa 1953.
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Provenance

Corporate Collection, U.K.
Their sale, Sotheby's London, 15th July 2008, lot 144, where acquired by the present owner

Exhibited

Osborne Samuel, London, Prunella Clough, Unconsidered Wastelands, 16th April - 16th May 2015, un-numbered catalogue, illustrated p.8, 27.

Literature

Frances Spalding, Prunella Clough: Regions Unmapped, Lund Humphries, Farnham, 2012, p.103, illustrated pl.61.

Catalogue Note

We are grateful to Gerard Hastings for his kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present work.

Clough was always interested in the trade and tackle of labour; workmen’s gear and machine forms provided her with helpful visual information throughout her career, since they provided her with the necessary ‘ready-made abstract shapes’ she could appropriate for her paintings. These were translated into a formal arrangement generally hovering somewhere between abstraction and figuration. In her earlier works, such as Lorry with Ladder I, she included figures, and these, without exception, were treated as formally as surrounding objects from the building site on which they worked.

Clough’s choice of colour here is made up of a series of muted earth pigments – burnt and raw umbers, subdued oranges and low-key greys. These, while communicating something of the reality of worksite labour, also create a harmonious and economical palette. The composition is carefully balanced into a pattern of pictorial forms – diagonals, horizontals and verticals carefully structured and adjusted into a resolved arrangement.

Gerard Hastings.

Modern & Post-War British Art

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