An image of Figure against a blue background

Keith Vaughan

(England 23 Aug 1912 – 04 Nov 1977)

Figure against a blue background

Other titles:
Study for a Transfiguration
Not on display
Further information

'Figure against a blue background' was closely linked with another painting of the same period, ['Fourth assembly of figures' 1956] now in the Nottingham Museum, originally titled 'Transfiguration group'. Subsequently I altered the titles of both paintings to remove any religious associations, which were never intended. From my point of view the painting is of interest because it was the first time I succeeded in controlling a looser, more spontaneous and fluent style of painting, and uniting figurative and abstract elements in the same composition. While realising the dangers involved in this, I had nevertheless long felt compelled to try and find a common ground for unifying the two elements and reconciling the conflict implicit in the concept of man in his environment (a reconciliation purely in plastic terms and not in illustrative or descriptive terms).
Letter from the artist 14.11.1960

oil on canvas
91.5 x 91.5 cm stretcher; 106.5 x 105.7 x 3.5 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed l.r., blue paint "Vaughan". Not dated.

Purchased 1960
Accession number
© Keith Vaughan/DACS. Licensed by Viscopy, Australia
The Leicester Galleries, 1958, London/England
The Matthiesen Gallery, Mar 1960, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Matthiesen Gallery 1960. Purchased from the exhibition 'Recent paintings by Keith Vaughan' 26 February - 19 March 1960