John Banting (1902-1972):
Framed (ref: 10452)
Oil on board
14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm)
Provenance: Gifted by the Artist to Alex Postan c.1965.
Exhibited: Storran Gallery, 1938
This painting was made in the years following Banting’s exposure to the Surrealism movement in Paris, where he met with André Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Alberto Giacometti, and René Crevel. It anticipates the style that Banting would showcase at the International Surrealist Exhibition in London (1936), New York (1936) and Paris (1938), and includes the amorphous, human-like shapes and disguised profile portraits that can be seen in many of his major works.