MICHAEL AYRTON (1921 - 1975)
Encounter No. 1
signed and dated
oil on board
20.5 x 14.5cm
Anonymous sale; The Redfern Gallery, London 1949.
Anonymous sale; ‘The Curated Eye’ Selected Works from Hertfordshire County Council, Cheffins, Cambridge, March 2019, lot 32, where purchased.
Ayrton painted this work in response to a visit to Italy he was able to make in 1947 after wartime restrictions were lifted. Encounter No 1 stands out from other higher-keyed works painted in this period: the palette is more subdued, perhaps as a response to Ayrton’s travels through the battle-scarred port of Livorno.