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Graham Sutherland, O.M.
1903-1980
FINAL STUDY FOR DARK ENTRANCE
signed with initials and dated 1959.
oil on canvas
35 by 30cm.; 13¾ by 12in.
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Provenance

Private Collection, UK
Sale, Sotheby's Olympia, 26th February 2003, lot 266, (as The Birdcage) where acquired by the present owners

Catalogue Note

The present work is a study for Dark Entrance (1959), which was exhibited at Paul Rosenberg, New York and seen by Kenneth Clark, who wrote to Sutherland on 14th  November: 'I am back from New York and saw your pictures at Rosenbergs, and they looked magnificent. Everyone who had seen them was enthusiastic, including Duncan Phillips, who showed signs of buying the melancholy bird'. The painting was, in fact, purchased by Duncan Philips and currently resides in the Philips Collection, Washington D.C. The subject, a heron by the entrance to an abandoned shed for gondolas, is inspired by Sutherland’s trips to Venice, which began in the summer of 1950, and continued in the summer months for the remainder of his life.

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