Landscape with Two Bathers (The Diver)
© The Estate of Keith Vaughan 2005. All Rights Reserved DACS

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Landscape with Two Bathers (The Diver) 1954
Vaughan’s paintings of the 1950s balance figuration and abstraction, moving increasingly towards abstraction of the landscape. Here, the background has been reduced to abstract patches of colour which suggest water and forest but create a sense of ambiguity, and recall Cézanne’s late paintings of bathers. The figures echo the shapes of the landscape while remaining distinct from it, almost like dancers against a stage set. Vaughan attended the theatre regularly, including ballet performances, which appear to have influenced his graceful depiction of figures. He also produced a number of paintings of dancers. At the time this work was painted, Vaughan was interested in producing paintings of figures in motion or off balance.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.

Figurative art

A general term for art that refers to the real, visible world, used more specifically for the representation of the human figure.

Abstract art, Figurative art


  • Acc. No. GMA 2804
  • Medium Oil on hardboard
  • Size 121.70 x 152.10 cm (framed: 134.00 x 164.70 x 3.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1984