George Keyt

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KEYT George Seated Woman With Flowers

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George Keyt - Untitled

George Keyt - Untitled

Original 1950
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George Keyt 1901 - 1993 UNTITLED (PEACE) Signed, inscribed and dated 'G Keyt / Bombay 50' upper left Oil on canvas 75 by 113 cm. (29 ½ by 44 ½ in.) Painted in 1950 Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Provenance Given by the artist in the early 1960s. The current owner is an Emmy award-winning British writer and television producer whose credits include Doctor Who, The Adventures of Black Beauty and Fraggle Rock. This painting was created in 1950 whilst the artist was in Bombay. In 1946, Keyt had left Ceylon for India, his beloved spiritual home. 'Post-war Bombay was home to an exciting world of art in ferment. It took Keyt to heart as a true original. He was lionised by society hostesses and artists. He held many exhibitions in Bombay, Delhi and Madras and also illustrated several books.' ( T. Devendra, 'The Lives of Keyt', George Keyt: A Centennial Anthology, The George Keyt Foundation, Colombo, 2001, p.55). Martin Russell a British intelligence officer and patron of Keyt's was in Bombay at the same time. In 1950, the same year this work was painted, Russell published an extensive monograph on Keyt, that was to bring fame to both artist and author. A letter from Keyt sent to the current owner's partner indicates the artist's admiration for India. In the correspondence the artist describes his extensive travels around the subcontinent, visiting historical sites and monuments. 'The experience of once again living in India, the India to which in spirit he has always belonged, induced him to re-explore his favourite subject... he employed all his resources, springing line, rhythmical form and glowing colour, to imbue his subjects with innocent sensuality and poetic charm.' (W.G. Archer, India and Modern Indian Art, George Allen & Unwin Ltd,, London, 1959, p.135) When this painting was given to the current owner, Keyt indicated that the work was one of several paintings intended for UNESCO. Fig. 1 Letter from George Keyt to the current owner's partner, mentioning the painting There is minor but stable craquelure present across the surface of the work, particularly in the areas of thickly applied paint. There are very small areas of loss scattered throughout and three larger areas of loss above the figure's head in the upper centre of the work which would benefit from minor retouching or consolidation. This painting would greatly benefit if cleaned. As viewed. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
George Keyt - Untitled (house And Tree)

George Keyt - Untitled (house And Tree)

Original 1930
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Lot number: 131
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GEORGE KEYT (1901-1993, Sri Lankan) Untitled (House and Tree) 1930 oil on canvas 72.5 x 54.5 cm signed and dated lower left: G Keyt 1930 Provenance: Mr U. N. Gunasekera, Sri Lanka (son-in-law of Sir Ernest De Silva, Ceylonese business magnate, barrister and banker) Private collection, Sydney, c2000
George Keyt - Untitled (musicians)

George Keyt - Untitled (musicians)

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Lot number: 94
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GEORGE KEYT (1901-1993) Untitled (Musicians) pencil, ink and gouache on paper 16 7/8 x 13¾ in. (42.9 x 35 cm.); 14¾ x 10 7/8 in. (37.5 x 27.6 cm.) (2)2 These lots have been imported from outside the EU for sale using a Temporary Import regime. Import VAT is payable (at 5%) on the Hammer price. VAT is also payable (at 20%) on the buyer’’’’s Premium on a VAT inclusive basis. This VAT is not shown separately on the invoice. When a buyer of such a lot has registered an EU address but wishes to export the lot or complete the import into another EU country, he must advise Christie's immediately after the auction. Sotheby's New York, 20 September 2005, lot 183
George Keyt - Seated Woman With Flowers

George Keyt - Seated Woman With Flowers

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Lot number: 360
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George Keyt (Sri Lanka, 1901-1993) Seated Woman with Flowers , oil on canvas, signed and dated G.Keyt 46 lower right, framed, 126 x 87cm (49 5/8 x 34 1/4in). Footnotes Provenance : Private USA Collection; acquired from The Indian Sale , Sotheby's, 8th May 1997, lot 287. Previously purchased directly from the artist.
George Keyt - Untitled (the Flute Player)

George Keyt - Untitled (the Flute Player)

Original 1982
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Lot number: 48
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GEORGE KEYT (1901-1993, Sri Lankan) Untitled (The Flute Player) 1982 oil on canvas 77.0 x 77.5 cm signed and dated lower right: G Keyt/ 82 Provenance: Collection of Mr Dhammika Gunasekara, Sri Lanka Private collection, Sydney, c2004 Keyt I think is the living nucleus of a great painter. In all his works, there is the moderation of maturity. … [His] figures take on a strange expressive grandeur, and radiate an aura of intensely profound feeling.1 Sri Lankan born painter George Keyt (1901-93) is an artist of international significance. A master of reinvention and a prodigious creator, he remained active in his practice until his death at the age of 92. Armed with a modernist ethos, Keyt’’s aesthetic evolved in line with the major stylistic shifts that comprise 20th century art. His unique vision is a synthesis of East and West, seamlessly merging European innovations with South Asian subjects and techniques, particularly Sri Lankan temple painting and Indian sculpture. Despite his clear admiration for cubist and fauvist principles, and the work of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Georges Braque (1882-1963), Keyt’’s subject matter was almost always rooted in local tradition, drawn from Hindu and Buddhist mythology and village life. Though undoubtedly liberated by modernist ideology, Keyt’’s enigmatic vision defies categorisation and remains singularly his. Keyt’’s exposure to the language of abstraction lauded by cubism announced itself in his work during the early thirties. This resulted in the emergence of a style that saw the physical realities of place, space and form dissolve and reform themselves on a single painterly plane, held together by a template of crisp lines. (The Flute Player) 1982 is a mature work, technically flawless and imbued with a sense of assurance and spontaneity that only comes with artistic maturity. Like many of his paintings, Keyt here represents two figures, a man and a woman. Both are conceived with exaggerated exotic features and adorned in traditional garments. The composition itself is highly sophisticated, the two figures mirroring each other through their commonalities: round heads; almond-shaped eyes; angular brows and full lips. Keyt uses colour to enact contrast between the two. The dark brown pigment used to delineate the man is effortlessly complimented by the creamy flesh tones of the woman. Keyt achieves compositional harmony through the inclusion of bold white lines that form a web over the flat bands of colour, creating a flattened sense of perspective and unveiling the abstracted figures beneath. 1. Pablo Neruda cited in Archer,W.G., India and Modern Art, Macmillan, London, 1959, p. 124 Alison Burns BA (Hons); MA
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