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JUMP TO LOT
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Modern & Post-War British Art

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John Wells
1907-2000
DISC AND CIRCLE
signed, titled, dated 1945 and inscribed on the reverse
oil on board on the Artist's backing board
Artist's backing board: 23.5 by 45cm.; 9¾ by 17¾in.; image: 17.5 by 40cm.; 7 by 16in.
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Provenance

The Artist
Wills Lane Gallery, St Ives
Private Collection, from whom acquired by the present owner

Exhibited

St Ives, Tate St Ives, John Wells: The Fragile Cell, 2nd May - 1st November 1998, cat. no.9, illustrated p.26 (lent by the Artist).

Catalogue Note

'So all around the moving air and the sea’s blue light, with points of a diamond, and the gorse incandescent beyond dark trees – countless rocks ragged or round of every colour – birds resting or flying, and the sense of a multitude of creatures living out of their minute lives …. All of this is just part of one’s life, and I want desperately to express it – not just what I see but what I feel about it and beyond it. If I paint what I see the result is deplorable. But how can one paint the warmth of the sun, the sound of the sea or the journey of a beetle across a rock or thoughts of one’s whence and whither?' (John Wells, in a letter to Sven Berlin, 1945)

Modern & Post-War British Art

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London