Daphnis and Chloé dance-related painting

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Oil on canvas
signed and dated: Barry Kay 1956
76 x 105 cm; 30 x 41.3 ins

Barry Kay created this painting depicting a pastoral scene with the god Pan and a pair of lovers in early 1956. It is believed to have first been shown at the Peter Bray Gallery, Melbourne. The exhibition opened in February of the same year, just prior to Kay settling in London. In a statement, dated 30 June 1956, the gallery records the sale of 'Daphnis and Chloé'.

In June 2009, a painting by Kay had been sold at a 'Sunday Art Auction' arranged by the Melbourne auctioneers Leonard Joel. Unaware of what the sales item represents, it was offered as "Landscape with Figures". It may, however, well be the very "Daphnis and Chloé" originally sold by Peter Bray.

In 1955, Kay had already exhibited paintings and designs for the theatre at Peter Bray's.

Private Australian collection