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The gallery is delighted to be exhibiting an important painting by Keith Vaughan (1912-1977), Figure beneath a tree branch, 1947, which is on short-term loan from a private collection.
This work was painted at a time when Vaughan was working in oil paints rather than gouache and demonstrates his dual interest in figuration and abstraction.
The abstracted areas of flattened colour combined with the male figure also shows the influence of European painters on the development of his work. Vaughan had been greatly impressed by the 1945 Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition of works by Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. 
Jerwood Gallery would like to thank the private collectors for lending this work, which is on display alongside other neo-romantic works from the Jerwood Collection in Room 2 until Sunday 7 June
Lara Wardle, Curator of the Jerwood Collection