John MintonPortrait of Kevin Maybury 1956

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Artist
John Minton (1917‑1957)
Title
Portrait of Kevin Maybury
Date 1956
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1294 x 988 mm frame: 1455 x 1152 x 88 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with funds provided by the Helena and Kenneth Levy Bequest 1990
Reference
T05770
Not on display

Summary

In April 1956 John Minton left the Painting School of the Royal College of Art, London, where he had taught since 1948, for one year's unpaid leave. His departure had been precipitated by a crisis of confidence in his own ability as a painter and teacher, and profound doubts about the relevance of painting in the modern world. Shortly after leaving the college he accepted a commission to design stage sets for two productions at The Royal Court Theatre, London, Don Juan and The Death of Satan both written by Ronald Duncan. While working at the theatre, Minton met Kevin Maybury, an Australian carpenter, who was working in the scenery department. A relationship developed and by the winter Maybury had moved into 9 Apollo Place, Minton's house in Chelsea… (read more)

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