DISC AND CIRCLE
JOHN WELLSDISC AND CIRCLE
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JOHN WELLS

DISC AND CIRCLE

Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 GBP

JOHN WELLS

DISC AND CIRCLE

Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 GBP
Lot sold:16,380GBP
(8 bids, reserve met)

Description

JOHN WELLS

1907 - 2000

DISC AND CIRCLE


signed John Wells, titled, dated 1945 and inscribed (on the reverse)

oil on board on the Artist's backboard

unframed: 17.5 by 40cm.; 7 by 16in.

framed: 23.5 by 45cm.; 9¾ by 17¾in.

Executed in 1945.

Condition report

The board appears sound, and has been laid down on to a secondary Artist's mount. The board is slightly bowed. The work appears to be in very good overall condition.


The upper left corner is slightly rounded. There are small losses at the upper left corner, along the upper edge and in the lower parts of the left and right edges, with some minor lifting in the upper strata of the board. There are tiny further nicks and flecks of loss at places along the edges and in the corners. The board has been worked by the Artist and as such there are scratches in the surface of the work, these are in keeping with the Artist's intentions. There are possibly some fine vertical lines of cracking visible upon closer inspection. There is some minor surface dirt and studio matter throughout.


Ultraviolet light reveals no obvious signs of fluorescence or retouching.


The work is float mounted within a simple wooden frame and held behind glass.


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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, 2 May - 1 November 1998, no. 9, illustrated in the catalogue 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)