Height: 15 inches (38.1 cm)
Width: 9 ½ inches (24.13 cm)
PROVENANCE: Collection of Edward James, Westdean Sussex
A large twisting form in olive green enclosing a smaller abstract shape in red, thin lines in metallic blues and red radiate from the shape, dramatically curving silhouettes in red explode from the central green form, all set within a mottled blue background printed on a thin, translucent paper. Inscribed on the back of the frame: BAPTOYA, E. James Esq. Westdean Sussex
Edward James (1907-1984) a prominent British poet, was an early proponent of the surrealist movement, supporting artists like Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte. James appears in three surrealist paintings: Dali’s “Swan Reflecting Elephants” (1937) and two by Magritte “The Pleasure Principle: Portrait of Edward James” (1937) and “La Reproduction Interdite” (1937). Upon his death, his collection of surrealist art was considered to be the finest collection in private hands. Included in his collection were works by Bosch, de Chirico, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Giacometti, and Max Ernst. In 1964, he donated his estate which included West Dean House, this donation became the foundations for the Edward James Foundation, an educational establishment that develops the creative talents of emerging artists.