Oil on canvas
1500 x 1000mm
This work was painted while Pat Hanly was in Florence on a British Arts Council scholarship and Italian government scholarship. The figures—freely distorted in scale, colour, and shape—clearly declare his debt to Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, and especially Francis Bacon.
InscriptionsHanly 61 [l.r.]
Young Contemporaries, RBA Galleries, London, 1962
First solo exhibition, Comedy Gallery, London, 1961
Gregory O’Brien (ed.), Hanly (Tāmaki Makaurau: Ron Sang Publications, 2012), 43.
Challenge Collection (later Fletcher Trust Collection), purchased from Webb’s, Tāmaki Makaurau, 24 July 1985, lot 189
Collection of Mr and Mrs Otto Groen, Tāmaki Makaurau