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Rolf Brandt

Rolf Brandt (1906-1986) was a British artist and influential teacher born in Germany who moved to London in 1933. He is known particularly for his haunting book illustrations from the 1930s and '40s. The spirit of his early Surrealist work permeates the collages he made throughout his life. From the 1950s, he concentrated on abstract painting and constructions.

England & Co held a comprehensive retrospective of his work in 2004, and in December 2005 exhibited his drawings alongside photographs by his brother, Bill Brandt. This exhibition, Brandt: Known and Unknown, was the first time their work had been shown together.

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 Constructions & mixed media   Paintings   

Illustrations   


Drawings & works on paper



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Untitled c 1970s

Mixed media collage
8 x 5.25 inches

  Private collection

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Untitled c 1970

Collage on paper, half of diptych
each 11.5 x 8.25 inches

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Untitled c 1970

Collage on paper, half of diptych
each 11.5 x 8.25 inches

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Untitled (Figure) c 1970

Collage with maps
10 x 8 inches

Les villages - Details


Les villages c 1970

Collage with maps
11.75 x 8.25 inches

Untitled - Details


Untitled (Figures) c 1960s

Graphite on textured white acrylic
11.75 x 8.25 inches

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Untitled c 1957

Gouache and mixed media on paper
18 x 23 inches
SOLD

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Untitled c 1955

Pastel on paperboard
21.25 x 18.5 inches
SOLD

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Untitled 1952

Charcoal on textured paper
24 x 17 inches

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Untitled 1951

Mixed media and collage
9.5 x 8.5 inches

  Private collection

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Untitled (Black Panorama series) 1951

Charcoal on paper
7 x 9.5 inches

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Untitled (Landscape) 1951

Charcoal and crayon on paper
10 x 10.5 inches

Black Panorama X - Details


Black Panorama X 1951

Charcoal on paper
9 x 11.5 inches

Black Panorama XII - Details


Black Panorama XII 1950

Charcoal and pencil on paper
8.5 x 12.5 inches

Untitled - Details


Untitled (Flying Man) c 1950-51

Pastel on paper
9.75 x 9 inches
SOLD

The Wonderful Bird of the Cannibal; '… while the other girls went home' - Details


The Wonderful Bird of the Cannibal; '… while the other girls went home' 1950

Pastel and charcoal on paper
6.75 x 9 inches
SOLD

Untitled - Details


Untitled (Figures on a Beach) c 1950

Pastel on paper
9.5 x 13.5 inches
SOLD

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Untitled (Three Nudes) c 1949

Charcoal on paper
18.75 x 12 inches

The Attic VI - Details


The Attic VI c 1949

Charcoal on paper
10.75 x 8 inches

Man in the Moon<br> - Details


Man in the Moon
Illustration for an African fairy tale c 1940s

Charcoal and gouache on paper
8.25 x 5 inches
SOLD

Illustration from 'Come Not Lucifer'<br> - Details


Illustration from 'Come Not Lucifer'
'… she saw M. de Merret behind her…', from The Oath by Balzac 1945

Pencil drawing
15 x 10 inches

Illustration from 'Nine Tales from Les Contes Drolatiques'<br> - Details


Illustration from 'Nine Tales from Les Contes Drolatiques'
'… they bore him up the stairs', from How the Château D'Azay Came to Be Built 1943

Pencil drawing
16.75 x 11 inches

Illustration from 'Come Not Lucifer'<br> - Details


Illustration from 'Come Not Lucifer'
1945

'…and now – now – I am dead', from The Case of M. Valdemar by Edgar Allen Poe.
Pencil drawing
13.25 x 9.25 inches

Illustration from 'Nine Tales from Les Contes Drolatiques' - Details


Illustration from 'Nine Tales from Les Contes Drolatiques'
'… for he told them to the shadows…', from Despair in Love 1943

Pencil drawing
14.5 x 9.5 inches

Untitled - Details


Untitled (Nude) c 1936

Pencil on paper
16 x 20.5 inches

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Untitled 1936

Pen and pencil on paper
8.5 x 10 inches

  Private collection

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Untitled 1934

Gouache on paper
10 x 13.5 inches

The Coast of England - Details


The Coast of England 1934

Pen and ink and gouache on paper
8.5 x 10 inches
SOLD

Untitled - Details


Untitled 1933

Watercolour and ink on paper
12.5 x 9 inches