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Keith Grant. A 25 page typewritten journal of tour of Iceland in May 1965. From the collection of his friend and dealer Henry Roland, founder and partner in the noted London gallery Roland, Browse & Delbanco.
Self-published., London 1965 - Keith Grant. A 25 page typewritten journal of tour of Iceland in May 1965. From the collection of his friend and dealer Henry Roland, founder and partner in the noted London gallery Roland, Browse & Delbanco. Inscribed in ink 'To Mr and Mrs Roland a souvenir of both our visits from Keith Sept/68'. Starts with the crossing to Reykjavik, 'Yesterday we sailed close to the new Island of Surtsey. That will remain a unique experience. i did not expect it to tbe so large-so brooding and menacing nor to see so much activity. the sea around the volcano was a chalky, dirty green from which there rose steam of the purest white'.'In this scene was the complete and most beautiful negation of landscape as we in England have come to know it. A beauty incomprehensible witout the taste of the lava dust and the stench of rotting cod and the elixir of the salt-laden air. It's this quality which I would like in the next pictures-a homage to this sterility upon which all save a few of the spores of life have failed. To imagine these lava fields in movement is quite awe inspiring. The sight of this magnitude of power that once was, has more than ever convinced me that unless painting moves towards the expression of questions of life and belief of human reaction and participation as did the great religious pictures-it is dealing in half-thoughts and tiny specialised emotioms.' [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Roe and Moore]
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