Keith VaughanBather: August 4th 1961 1961

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Artist
Keith Vaughan (1912‑1977)
Title
Bather: August 4th 1961
Date 1961
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1022 x 914 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1962
Reference
T00502
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T00502 BATHER: AUGUST 4TH 1961 1961

Inscr. ‘Vaughan’ b.r. and on back of canvas ‘August 4/61’.

Canvas. 40 1/4×36 (102×91·5).
Purchased from the artist through the Whitechapel Art Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1962.
Exh: Whitechapel Art Gallery, March–April 1962 (291, repr. pl.69), and Arts Council tour, May–September 1962 (44).
Lit: Exh. cat., Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1962, p.36.
Repr: Ambassador, No.11, 1962, p.54.

The artist wrote (22 June 1962) that he considered this one of his best works. He felt he had achieved a special balance between the purely abstract and the figurative elements which had hitherto pushed his work into one or other of these categories. ‘The background was a state of chronic dissatisfaction with the “image” in my work which dates from about 1956. At that time I had drawings and plans for dozens of figure paintings which I suddenly found myself unable to believe in sufficiently to carry out… (read more)

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