Untitled, circa 1944
Framed (ref: 878)
Signed with studio stamp to reverse
Collage and watercolour, 6 1/2 x 5 in. (16.5 x 12.7 cm.)
Provenance: Private Collection
In a gilded shadow box frame.
During the Second World War Stephenson hovered between figurative and abstract art often combining pure colour fields with strong lines defining the edge of the composition. Sometimes, as in this example, the colours were applied as collage, a technique shown to Stephenson by his friend Ben Nicholson. Stylistically this work can be compared with Blue and Yellow Figure (circa 1946) (see Guthrie, John Cecil Stephenson, 1997, p. 139).
We are grateful to Conor Mullan for assistance.