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SF21: The Lenkiewicz Foundation Collection

Robert O Lenkiewicz [1941-2002] - The Painter's Dead Mother, 1977,

Auction Lot SF21/25

Robert O Lenkiewicz [1941-2002] - The Painter's Dead Mother, 1977,- signed on the reverse oil on panel 28 x 23cm, verso five small associated drawings on paper, laid down on the panel.

Robert O Lenkiewicz [1941-2002] - The Painter's Dead Mother, 1977, (SF21/25) offered in our Specialist Fine Art Auction starting on 11th September 2018 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Lot Description

Robert O Lenkiewicz [1941-2002] - The Painter's Dead Mother, 1977,- signed on the reverse oil on panel 28 x 23cm, verso five small associated drawings on paper, laid down on the panel.


The Lenkiewicz Foundation Collection. * Exhibited. The Painter With Women (Retrospective Section), ICC Birmingham, 1994. Plymouth City Museum Retrospective, 1997. Wolverhampton Art Gallery, A Retrospective, 1998. Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery, 2009. Royal West Of England Academy, Bristol 2011. Royal William Yard, Plymouth, 2012. Spinnerei, Leipzig, And Nuremberg, Germany, 2013. Green Hill Arts, Moretonhampstead, 2018. Literature. RO Lenkiewicz White Lane Press. P.23. Robert Lenkiewicz: Paintings & Projects. White Lane Press. Plate 49. The Location Of The Sketches Made By The Artist In March 1977 At The London Mortuary Where His Mother's Body Was Taken Was Not Known Until This Painting Was Re-framed For Exhibition In 2009. They Are Affixed To The Rear Of The Wood Panel On Which The Oil Painting Was Made Three Days After Her Death. The Sketches, About Four Or Five Inches On A Side, Were Made On Yellowing Paper From A Sketchpad. At The Mortuary, Lenkiewicz Found His Mother Alice's Body Wrapped In A Shroud, Her Jaw Secured With A Bandage Wrapped Around Her Head, Which He Drew From Three Different Points Of View On Opening The Shroud, He Discovered That Her Toes Had Been Tied Together With String. Lenkiewicz Later Painted This Scene In A Notebook Inscribed On The Spine Self-Portrait/Death Bed. Begun In 1977, Shortly After His Mother's Death In March Of That Year, The Notebook Contains Studies And Notes Relating To The Oil Painting The Dead Painter Surrounded By His Children And Companions, Which Formed Part Of The Self-Portrait Project Shown In 1978.In That Painting, Lenkiewicz Portrayed Himself In The Same Guise As His Mother's Corpse, Jaw Secured By A Bandage And Toes Fastened Together.


£5,000 - £7,000



Sale Information

SF21: The Lenkiewicz Foundation Collection
Tuesday, 11th September 2018
Okehampton Street, Exeter


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Daniel GoddardDaniel Goddard

Martin ScadgellMartin Scadgell

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