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Norris, Laurence

(1914 – 1974)

'Old Wives Tales', 1946

Signed, inscribed with title on the reverse, and a label exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts 1947

52 1/2 x 64 1/4 in. (133.1 x 163.1 cm.)

DESCRIPTION

Exhibited: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 1947 (435)
In its original decappe hollow section frame

As a
gifted student Laurence Norris won a scholarship in 1934 to study at the
Royal College of Art and graduated in 1936 with the prestigious Prix de
Rome. After seeing extensive action in WWII he returned home to start
teaching at Beckhenham School of Art,later becoming it’s principle.
Although the narrative of this painting, exhibited at the Royal Academy
of 1947, presents a visual medley of popular sayings, it is underlined
by Norris’s commentary on the aftermath of WW2 and a hope for Britain to
return to better times.  He exhibited 18 works at the RA between 1933
and 1966.


IN 1946  Peggy Guggenheim publishes the first edition of her autobiographical Out of This Century in the United States.

Jackson Pollock’s third solo exhibition opens in the Daylight Gallery of Peggy Guggenheim’s The Art of This Century gallery on Manhattan.

In a double ceremony, Max Ernst (having been divorced from Peggy Guggenheim) marries Dorothea Tanning and Man Ray marries Juliet P. Browner in Beverly Hills, California.

The Vienna School of Fantastic Realism is founded by Ernst Fuchs, Rudolf Hausner, and others.

Sidney Nolan begins his first series of paintings of Ned Kelly.


ARTWORK produced in 1946

Francis Bacon – Painting (1946)

Salvador Dalí – The Temptation of St. Anthony

Jacob Epstein – Bust of Winston Churchill

Barbara Hepworth –Pelagos

Edward Hopper – Approaching a City

Dame Laura Knight – The Dock, Nuremberg

L. S. Lowry – Good Friday, Daisy Nook

Henri Matisse ‚Äì L’Asie

William Scott – The Frying Pan

Jack Butler Yeats – Men of Destiny


Paul Nash, (b. 1889), Alfred Stieglitz,  (b. 1864) and L√°szl√≥ Moholy-Nagy,  (b. 1895) died in 1946

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THE ARTIST

Norris, Laurence

1914 – 1974

Painter who studied at Beckenham School of Art and RCA, 1929-32. He exhibited at the RA and later taught at Beckenham Art School and Ravensbourne College of Art. He won the coveted Rome Scholarship in 1936.

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