The E-BNR aims to build a comprehensive & unique cross-artform guide to
the British neo-Romantic tradition,
from 1880 to the present day.
While the British Romantics of 1789-1824 have spawned a vast industry of
publishers, conferences & tourism, the later neo-Romantic traditions
remain largely neglected. The E-BNR is aimed at bringing this hidden
tradition to light.
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WHAT IS NEO-ROMANTICISM ?
Neo-Romantic artists have drawn their inspiration
from artists of the age of Romanticism or earlier.
Characteristic themes in their work include a
mystical approach to the British landscape...
ENTRY: Vaughan, Keith
Keith Vaughan (b. 23 August 1912 at Selsey as John Keith Vaughan - d. 4 November 1977
in London), was an English painter.
He schooled at Christ's Hospital School, then worked in an advertising agency until the war,
when as a conscientious objector he joined the St John's Ambulance. In 1941 he was conscripted into
the Pioneer Corps. He was self-taught as an artist. His first exhibitions took place during the war.
Also during the war he formed friendships with the painters Graham Sutherland
and John Minton, with whom (after demobilization in 1946) he shared premises.
Through these contacts he formed part of the Neo-Romantic circle of the immediate post-war period.
However, Vaughan rapidly developed an idiosyncratic style which moved him away from the Neo-Romantics.
He was homosexual, and began to concentrate on studies of male figure studies, his work becoming
increasingly more abstract with time.
He worked as an art teacher at the Camberwell College of Arts, the Central School of Art and
later taught at the Slade School.
He is also known for his journals, selections from which were published in 1966
and more extensively in 1989, after his death.
He committed suicide in 1977.
Keith Vaughan. Journals & Drawings (1966)
Alan Ross (Ed.) Keith Vaughan: Journals 1939-1977 (1989)
Malcolm Yorke Keith Vaughan, His Life and Work (1990)