Keith Vaughan: Romanticism to AbstractionKeith Vaughan: Romanticism to Abstraction

Paths to Abstraction

Throughout his career Vaughan used the natural landscape as a vehicle for experimentation. His pictures developed from descriptive depictions of a particular place to painterly explorations of form, structure and tone using the features of the landscape as the starting point. Despite using simplified blocks of colour, his paintings were always based on reality and never completely abstract.

He wrote in 1950 that: 'Nature provides the living material which is the starting point of art… I do not use the purely abstract forms because I feel that these have not the same vitality or communicative power as they have, for instance, in the world of music. Rather, I prefer to discover forms which retain the essence of their origins in nature and can at the same time be combined into a single unity.'