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cucumber

                               1939

Tempera on board.  15½ x 12in. (39.4 x 30.5cm.) Signed and dated verso. Provenance Sotheby’s, studio sale, 24 April 1985, lot 494. Pruskin Gallery, London. Exhibited London, Mayor Gallery, 1939, no. 14. London, Leva Gallery, 1974, no. 11. London, Parkin Gallery, 1977, no. 25. London, Blond Fine Art, 1985, no. 38. According to the Parkin Gallery catalogue, the work was exhibited at the Hamet Gallery in 1971. If so, it was ex-catalogue. This is one for the Freudians. Half a cucumber has been inserted, cut-end uppermost, into a glass jam jar. The artist’s continuing interest in transparent surfaces is also evident. A crayon sketch is with the NT.