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John Minton, 1917–1957
The Dream
ca. 1945
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on copper (copper engraved on verso)
5 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches (14 x 23.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Bequest of Joseph F. McCrindle, Yale LLB 1948
Copyright Status:
© Royal College of Art
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
arches | bridge (built work) | building | dreams | landscape | man | moon | night | nude | nude in art | portrait | sky | staircase | stairs | Surrealist | woman
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

During the 1930s and 1940s, John Minton was associated with a loosely knit group of artists now known as the neoromantics, due to their imaginative approach toward nature and the human figure inspired by nineteenth-century visionary artists like William Blake and Samuel Palmer. By the mid-1940s, Minton was open yet conflicted about his homosexuality, which was illegal at the time in England, and depicted male figures—sometimes, as here, in clandestine self-portrait—in dreamlike landscapes or spaces fraught with sexual tension and intrigue. An advocate of figuration in painting, Minton grew increasingly out of step with newer abstract styles emerging around 1950 and as the decade wore on, he developed mental health problems and began seriously abusing alcohol. He took his own life in 1957, at the age of thirty-nine.

Gallery label for A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13)

A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Simon Martin, John Minton A Centenary, Pallant House Gallery, West Sussex, p. 14, fig.6, NJ18 M67 M37 2017 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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