Catalogue entry

T00405 INTERIOR 1949
Inscr. ‘Gear’ 49' b.c. and on back of canvas ‘Gear Intérieur Aôut 1949’.
Canvas, 39 1/2×32 1/4 (100×82).
Purchased at Gimpel Fils (Knapping Fund) 1961.
Exh: William Johnstone, Jean Lurçat, William Gear, Gimpel Fils, November 1949 (63); Gimpel Fils, February 1961 (13).

The artist wrote (23 February 1961) that the ‘Interior, August 1949’ (T00405) was painted at his studio in Paris, 13 Quai des Grands Augustins: ‘This painting comes in a transitional phase of my development at that time, breaking away from a more austere cubist-abstract period. It contains elements which were later developed in various ways e.g. a kinship with sculpture, a constructed presence, a feature in a setting (see “Feature in Landscape”, 1960). Similarly the structural grid holding facets of colour which have an ambiguous spatial interplay is here apparent. The work has a kinship with other paintings of this period such as “Interior, July 1949” 35"×45 3/4", Collection Gimpel Fils and “Interior” August 1949, 35"×45 3/4", Collection Toronto Art Gallery, Canada.’

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I