In the 1950s John Randall Bratby was one of the realist painters known as the Kitchen Sink School. This was a short-lived, informal group whose subjects were their immediate surroundings. The boy in this painting is the artist's four-year-old son. Bratby's vigorous paintings, the thick paint applied with an emotional intensity, were briefly successful. His work then became unfashionable, both because of his figurative (rather than abstract) style and the heavy texture of his paint surfaces, so he turned temporarily to writing novels.
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purchased with the assistance of the Gulbenkian Foundation, 1960