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George Keyt

(1901 -  1993 ) Wikipedia® : George Keyt
KEYT George Untitled (house And Tree)

Menzies Art Brands /Sep 23, 2014
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George Keyt - Untitled

George Keyt - Untitled

Original 1932
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Lot number: 510
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UNTITLED (MOTHER AND CHILD) Signed and dated 'G Keyt / 32' upper right and further signed and dated 'G Keyt / 1932' on reverse Oil on canvas 21 x 18 in. (53.5 x 45.6 cm.) Painted in 1932 Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice
George Keyt - Untitled (man, Woman And Child)

George Keyt - Untitled (man, Woman And Child)

Original 1946
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Lot number: 4
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George Keyt 1901 - 1993 UNTITLED (MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD) Signed and dated 'G Keyt / 46' lower right Oil on canvas 114.5 x 85.2 cm. (45 ¼ x 33 ½ in.) Painted in 1946 Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Provenance Property from a private English collector Sotheby's New York, 19 March 2008, lot 1 Catalogue Note George Keyt is arguably Sri Lanka's best known modernist painter who with fellow artists from the '43 Group, staged one of the first exhibitions of Modernism in South Asia and inspired the Bombay Progressives a few years later. In 1946, Keyt came to India, a place that was to become his beloved spiritual home. There, he was largely inspired by his surroundings and the traditions that he observed. As is the case in this work, his paintings were often sensuous depictions of rural women in rustic settings, demonstrating his strong affinity with country life. He also was inspired by Hindu and Buddhist epics which he modernised in his unique Cubist style. '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) While he was inspired by the works of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, his painting was not merely an adoption of western art movements. “His distinction has been to assimilate such Western influences, while remaining unmistakably Eastern- a process all the more natural in that Western Art had first assimilated certain Eastern influences”, wrote Sir Herbert Read. (George Keyt: A Centennial Anthology, The George Keyt Foundation, Colombo, 2001, p. x). This is exemplified in his unique style, borrowing from both cubism and classical Hindu sculpture. Meanwhile, his skillful use of colour creates a dramatic image, which, as the renowned Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda once noted, was what made him “the living nucleus of a great painter” (W.G. Archer, ibid, p. 124.). See More See Less
George Keyt - Untitled

George Keyt - Untitled

Original 1950
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Lot number: 10
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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 - Sala Bhandini; Nayika

George Keyt - Sala Bhandini; Nayika

Original 1982
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Lot number: 532
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GEORGE KEYT (1901-1993) Sala Bhandini; Nayika (The Beloved) signed and dated 'G. Keyt 82' (lower left); signed 'G. Keyt' (upper right) oil on paper; acrylic on paper 27 5/8 X 15 in. (70.2 x 38.1 cm.) 15 7/8 x 10 1/8 in. (40.3 x 25.7 cm.) Executed in 1982; Two works on paper 2 (2) Acquired directly from the artist PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF RENE MARGIES AND MATTHIAS SERVAIS
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