Keith Vaughan: Assembly of Figures, 1975


Pencil on Paper,
Studio stamp lower right
11.5 x 13 cm
Framed in oak

Artist’s estate, Dr. Patrick Woodcock, private collection

The central subjects of Vaughan’s work are the male nude and gathering groups of male figures. He called the latter ‘assemblies’ and painted nine major canvases called ‘Assembly of Figures’. It was his custom to make preparatory drawings ahead of attempting a painting, working out figure groupings, compositions and arrangements of forms; this is one such study. The forms are characteristically layered and the mass of bodies are interconnected. Anatomy is reduced to essential features and is described in Vaughan’s usual economic, linear manner.