Caroline Walker - Wired: Online Auction London Wednesday, April 12, 2023 | Phillips

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  • “In a lot of my paintings there’s always something you have to look through or past to get to the subject of the work where you’re almost like a voyeur, I suppose, looking in on other's lives. You get this glimpse of somebody's life, and you don't know anything about them, but in your head you can kind of imagine who they might be or where they live - what they do with their days.”
    —Caroline Walker

    Study For The Masquerade, is a wonderful example of Caroline Walker’s artistic practice and working method. The intimate painting is a study for one of Walker’s celebrated large-scale oil on linen paintings, The Masquerade (2012), which Phillips was proud to offer in our 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale in Hong Kong, December 2022, where it sold for HK$3,906,000 (£404,149). The Masquerade forms part of a series which depicts different female subjects in luxurious domestic settings with a palpable sense of narrative tension, featured as part of the artist's first public solo exhibition in London, In Every Dream Home (18 July – 8 September 2013).

    • Provenance

      Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner


Study For The Masquerade

signed, titled and dated ''Study For The Masquerade' Caroline Walker 2012' on the reverse
oil and graphite on canvas paper
29.5 x 38.9 cm (11 5/8 x 15 3/8 in.)
Executed in 2012.

Full Cataloguing

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £48,260

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Wired: Online Auction

12 - 19 April 2023