9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in
Marlborough Fine Art, London
Wilfrid A. Evill, by whom bequeathed to Honor Frost in 1963
Marlborough Fine Art, London Recent Paintings by Graham Sutherland June-July 1962, cat. no. 17
Brighton Art Gallery, The Wilfrid Evill Memorial Exhibition, June-August 1965
Painting in 1961, 'Cave Entrance' is a re-visiting of a motif which long fascinated Sutherland throughout his career, that of openings, entrances, passages and lanes. These junctures were of great artistic interest to Sutherland, sites with the potential for movement and transition, for unusual view points that could be suggestive, evocative and mysterious. An earlier, highly significant painting exploring this motif was Sutherland's 1939 'Entrance to a Lane', now in the Tate Collection. Around the same time as 'Cave Entrance', Sutherland painted the aptly titled 'Dark Entrance' (1959) and a year earlier 'A Path in Woods' (1958; Norfolk Museums Service collection), a work of similar size and composition to 'Cave Entrance'. Most of these entrances are of Pembrokeshire, but 'Cave Entrance' is palpably from Sutherland's beloved South of France, famed for its prehistoric caves with cave paintings.