Still life with statuettes of the Buddha and Thai temple

DENYS GEORGE WELLS (1881-1973)

Still life with statuettes of the Buddha and Thai temple

1932 United Kingdom

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Reproduction 17th Century Spanish Baroque frame with painted finish
Excellent condition
Wells plays with ideas of space and pattern again in this intensely coloured still life, which is the clearest demonstration of Maurice Denis’s famous remark, that "… a painting – before being a warhorse, a naked woman or some story or other – is essentially a flat surface covered with colours assembled in a certain order." The spectator’s perception moves between the surface patterning of the canvas, with its vivid interplay of colours, and the implied space of the shelf, with its solid little statuettes and background of screen and tray. Again a note of whimsy has set the temple dancers in a line, like can-can dancers on a stage, before the laughing Buddha.
Dimensions
Height 49.50 cm (19.49 inches)
Width 64.50 cm (25.39 inches)
External Height 67.00 cm (26.38 inches)
External Width 81.90 cm (32.24 inches)
Medium
oil on canvas
Signed/Inscribed
s. & d. ‘32
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