Keith Vaughan (1912 − 1977)

Keith Vaughan was born in Selsey Bill in Sussex, and was considered one of the best figurative painters working in Britain in the post-war years. He did not attend art school but painted in his spare time whilst working for an advertising agency .in London from 1931-1938. During the war he was a conscientious objector, later serving with the Pioneer Corps and acting as an interpreter for German POWs. Vaughan taught at various London art schools, and became an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1964. The themes of his paintings remained constant throughout his career: the male nude in the landscape, and pure landscape paintings.

Further reading:
Keith Vaughan Retrospective Exhibition, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London 1962 (introduction by David Thompson)
Keith Vaughan, Journals 1939-1977, John Murray (Publishers) Ltd, London 1989

Glossary

  • Landscape

    Landscape is one of the principle genres of Western art. In early paintings the landscape was a backdrop for the composition, but in the late 17th Century the appreciation of nature for its own sake began with the French and Dutch painters (from whom the term derived). Their treatment of the landscape differed: the French tried to evoke the classical landscape of ancient Greece and Rome in a highly stylised and artificial manner; the Dutch tried to paint the surrounding fields, woods and plains in a more realistic way. As a genre, landscape grew increasing popular, and by the 19th Century had moved away from a classical rendition to a more realistic view of the natural world. Two of the greatest British landscape artists of that time were John Constable and JMW Turner, whose works can be seen in the Tate collection (www.tate.org.uk). There can be no doubt that the evolution of landscape painting played a decisive role in the development of Modernism, culminating in the work of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists . Since then its demise has often been predicted and with the rise of abstraction, landscape painting was thought to have degenerated into an amateur pursuit. However, landscape persisted in some form into high abstraction, and has been a recurrent a theme in most of the significant tendencies of the 20th Century. Now manifest in many media, landscape no longer addresses solely the depiction of topography, but encompasses issues of social, environmental and political concern.

Past exhibitions

RESTLESS TIMES ART IN BRITAIN 1914-1945

  • 2011
    • UK, Norwich, Castle Museum
  • 2010
    • UK, Sheffield, Millennium Galleries

APOLLONIA ARTS FESTIVAL 2007

  • 2007
    • Bulgaria, Sozopol, Old Town Art Gallery

THE FIFTIES

  • 1999
    • Spain, Jerez, Sala Pescaderia Vieja, Ayunamiento De Jerez
    • Spain, Barcelona, Centre Cultural De La Caixa De Terrassa
    • Spain, Salamanca, Palacio De Abrantes
    • Netherlands, Amstelveen, Cobra Museum
    • Spain, Pamplona, Recinto Ciudadela
    • Spain, La Coruna, Fondacion Barrie De La Maza
  • 1998
    • Ireland, Dublin, Royal Hibernian Academy
  • 1997
    • Cyprus, Nicosia, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre

IMAGES OF MAN

  • 1981
    • UK, Birmingham, Birmingham City Museum And Art Gallery
    • UK, London, Geffrye Museum

CONTEMPORARY BRITISH PAINTING 1900-1962

  • 1964
    • Romania, Palace Of Culture
    • Romania, Bucharest, National Gallery
    • Slovakia, Bratislava, Mirbach Palace & Palffy Palace
    • Czechoslovakia, Prague, ULUV Exhibition Hall
  • 1963
    • Hungary, Budapest, Ernst Museum

JELENKORI BRIT FESTESZET

  • 1963
    • Hungary, Budapest, Ernst Museum

KEITH VAUGHAN RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION

  • 1962
    • UK, London, Whitechapel Art Gallery

AGUARELAS E DESENHOS INGLSES DO SECULO VINTE

  • 1955
    • Portugal, Lisbon, Secretariado Nacional Da Informacao

BRITISH DRAWINGS AND WATERCOLOURS OF THE 20TH CENTURY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE BRITISH COUNCIL

  • 1980
    • Germany, Karl-Marx-Stadt, Stadtische Kunstammlungen
    • Germany, Weimar, Kunstammlungen
    • Germany, Leipzig, Altes Rathaus
    • Germany, Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum
  • 1978
    • Czechoslovakia, Prague, Kinsky Palace
    • Czechoslovakia, Ceske Budejovice, Ceske Budejovice
    • Slovakia, Bratislava, Slovak National Gallery
  • 1977
    • Romania, Bucharest, National Gallery
    • Germany, Berlin, Neue Berliner Galerie
  • 1976
    • Hungary, Budapest, National Gallery
    • Bulgaria, Sofia, National Gallery
  • 1975
    • France, Bourges, Maison De La Culture
  • 1974
    • Korea, Seoul, National Museum Of Contemporary Art
  • 1973
    • Japan, Tokyo, Tokyo
    • Japan, Sendai, Sendai
    • Japan, Yokohama, Yokohama
    • Japan, Nagano, Nagano
  • 1969
    • Chile, Chile
  • 1968
    • Argentina, Buenos Aires, British Council Office - Buenos Aires
  • 1966
    • Algeria, Algiers, British Council Office - Algiers
  • 1965
    • Hong Kong, Hong Kong City Hall Art Gallery
  • 1964
    • Lebanon, Sursock Museum
  • 1963
    • Gibraltar, Calpe Institute
    • Malta, Valletta, Malta Society Of Arts
  • 1962
    • Greece, Athens, Centre Of Letters And Fine Arts Of The Ministry Of Education
  • 1961
    • Finland, Finland
  • 1960
    • Austria, Vienna, British Council Office - Vienna
  • 1958
    • Belgium, Belgium
  • 1955
    • Canada, Canada
    • Portugal, Coimbra, Museu Da Nacional Machado De Castro
    • Portugal, Porto, Museu Nacional Soares Dos Reis
    • Portugal, Lisbon, Lisbon
  • 1954
    • Israel, Haifa, Museum Of Modern Art
    • Israel, Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv Museum
  • 1953
    • New Zealand, Palmerston, The Science Centre And Manawatu Museum
    • New Zealand, Wanganni
    • New Zealand, Nelson, Suter Art Gallery
    • New Zealand, Auckland, Aukland City Art Gallery
    • New Zealand, Wellington, Wellington City Art Gallery
    • New Zealand, Napier, Napier
    • New Zealand, Christchurch, Robert Mcdougall Art Gallery
    • New Zealand, Dunedin, Dunedin Public Art Gallery
  • 1952
    • Spain, Madrid, British Institute
    • Spain, Barcelona, British Institute
    • Germany, Heidelberg, Kurpfalzisches Museum
    • Germany, Mannheim, Kunsthalle
    • Germany, Konstanz, Europahaus
  • 1951
    • Germany, Dortmund, Museum Am Ostwall
    • Germany, Kunsthalle
    • Germany, Munich, Amerika Haus
    • Germany, Wiesbaden, Landesmuseum
    • Germany, Stuttgart, Staatsgalerie

ARTISTES ANGLAIS CONTEMPORAINS

  • 1952
    • France, Macon, Musee Municipal

CONTEMPORARY BRITISH DRAWINGS

  • 1949
    • Canada, Edmonton Art Gallery
    • Canada, Victoria, Victoria
  • 1948
    • Canada, Art Gallery Of Ontario
    • Canada, National Gallery Of Canada

INTERNATIONAL WATERCOLOUR EXHIBITION 14TH BIENNIAL

  • 1947
    • USA, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum
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