Bratby, John Randall 1928-1992 British RA Self Portrait, Diane and Owls, 48 x 36 ins
Bratby, John Randall 1928-1992 British RA Self Portrait, Diane and Owls, 48 x 36 ins., (122 x 91,5 cms.), Oil on Canvas, Signed. Bratby was completely intoxicated and overwhelmed by his contact with Diane Hills with whom he had a torrid affair for a few years. He wrote that he considered his paintings of Diane to be some of his best, 'they were painted with love', as the great man wrote. This is quite a deep picture reflecting the owl as a symbol of the wisdom of the older man with his young lover. Bratby was a deeply insecure man, no more so than in his fear of Diane leaving him. When she wanted to end their affair, Bratby took them both for a ride in his Mercedes and drove straight into a wall attempting to kill them both. Fortunately the Mercedes car of that period was built very solidly.
Auction Date: December 2011