Graham SutherlandRoses. 1972.

Painting in gouache and pastel, with collage applied forms and pen-work. 1972. Signed in pencil and dated 20.XI.75. Dedicated by Sutherland: 'A mon ami Celestin - son ami Graham Sutherland'. (See note below). Note: This outstanding painting is the preliminary work from which Sutherland developed one of his most famous lithographs - which has the same title. Celestin was the master-printer at the Mourlot studio in Paris with whom Sutherland became great friends whilst he was working on some of his finest prints in the 1960's. This painting was actually painted three years before he gave it to Celestin. Provenance: The collection of Celestin, the Celestin family. This work has never before been seen on the open market. In exceptionally fine fresh condition with superb fresh colours. On cream wove paper with collage additions. Image: 665 x 480 mm.