John Banting (1902-1972):
Ruins + clothes-line, circa 1937
Framed (ref: 9)
Inscribed with title on stretcher
Oil on canvas, 20 x 17 ins. (51 x 40.5 cm)
Banting was one of the most radical English Surrealists. His interest in Surrealism began in the 1930s when he went to France and met Breton, Creval, Giacometti, and Duchamp. In 1936 he contributed pictures to the International Surrealist Exhibition in London. The drapery motif is similar to that used in Guitar Face I, 1937 (ref. Christie's, 8.3.90 lot 232). Stylistically the picture reflects Banting's involvement with stage set design at this period.