John Cecil Stephenson (1889-1965):
Abstract, circa 1942
Framed (ref: 3648)
Signed and dated with studio stamp
Oil on card,
5 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. (14 x 9.5 cm.)
Provenance: With the artist's family until 2002.
These abstracts form part of a series of small sketches made during
World War II as preparation for larger works (materials being in short
supply), which Stephenson then executed in the 1950s. They were
stimulated by the devastation resulting from the bombing of London
(also recorded figuratively by Stephenson during this period).
Stephenson made his first abstract paintings around 1932. In 1934 he
exhibited with the 7 & 5 Society, along with Ben and Winifred
Nicholson, Ivon Hitchens, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and John Piper.
Though not today as well known as many of his contemporaries he was one
of the key figures in the development of abstract art in Britain in the
mid twentieth century.
In a wedge section white gesseod shadow box frame