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Malcolm Morley
1931 - 2018
signed and dated 80
oil on canvas, in three parts
overall: 168.8 by 245.5 cm. 66 1/2 by 100 1/4 in.
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Xavier Fourcade Inc., New York
Private Collection, London
Sotheby's, New York, 13 November 1991, Lot 68
Acquired from the above by the present owner


New York, Xavier Fourcade, Inc., One Major New Work Each, November –December 1980 
London, Royal Academy of Art, A New Spirit in Painting, January – March 1981, n.p., no. 103, illustrated
Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Zeitgeist: International Art Exhibition, October 1982 – January 1983, p. 196, n.p., no. 167, illustrated 
Basel, Kunsthalle Basel; Rotterdam, Museum Boymans van Beuningen; London, Whitechapel Art Gallery; Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art; and New York, Brooklyn Museum, Malcolm Morley: Paintings 1965–82, January 1983 – April 1984, p. 16, illustrated and p. 57, illustrated in colour
Paris, Musée national d’arte modern, Centre Georges Pompidou, L’Époque, la Mode, la Morale, la Passion: Aspects de l’art d’aujourd’hui, 1977–1987, May – August 1987, p. 246, illustrated 
London, Royal College of Art, Exhibition Road: Painters at the Royal College of Art, 1988, p. 159, illustrated 
Madrid, Sala de Exposiciones de la Fundación “La Caixa” Madrid,and Oslo, Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Malcolm Morley 1965–1995, September 1995 - April 1996, n.p., no. 15, illustrated 
New Haven, Yale University School of Art Gallery, Malcolm Morley in a Nutshell: The Fine Art of Painting, January – March 2012


Harry Abrams, World Art Trends, New York 1982, illustrated
Rudi Fuchs, Peter Schjedahl and Hilton Kramer, Eds., Art of our Times: The Saatchi Collection, Volume 3, London 1984, n.p., no. 59, illustrated in colour
Jean-Claude Lebensztejn, Malcolm Morley: Itineraries, London 2001, pp. 115-17, illustrated

Catalogue Note

“As with the great animal artists – cave painters, Assyrian sculptors, Tang ceramists, Pisanello, Stubbs, Rousseau, Géricault or Delacroix – Morley’s representation of animals has something telepathic in it, a kind of visionary exchange” (Jean-Claude Lebensztejn, Malcolm Morley: Itineraries, London 2001, p. 115).

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