George Keyt

(Sri Lankan, 1901–1993)

George Keyt was a Sri Lankan artist and poet best known for his richly colored, Cubist-like figure paintings. Keyt’s combination of Sri Lankan life, the calligraphic lines of Henri Matisse, and forms he found in ancient Buddhist and Hindu sculptures, produced a wholly unique style. “Keyt I think is the living nucleus of a great painter. In all his works, there is the moderation of maturity,” the poet Pablo Neruda once said of his work. “[His] figures take on a strange expressive grandeur, and radiate an aura of intensely profound feeling.” Born on April 17, 1901 in Ceylon, Sri Lanka, he studied at Trinity College in Kandy, where he was drawn to the Buddhist and Hindu ethos surrounding him. In 1939, he moved to India, where he absorbed himself in the local culture. After returning to Sri Lanka, Keyt helped form the Colombo '43 group, whose tenets attempted to merge trends in European Modern movements into their own cultural sphere. The group also included fellow Sri Lankan painters Ivan Peries and Harold Peiris. During the late 1980s, the artist and some of his admirers set up the George Keyt Foundation. The artist died on July 31, 1993 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Today, his works are held in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi. 

George Keyt (246 results)
Two Figures, 1985

George Keyt

Two Figures, 1985

Mallet Japan

Est. 1,000,000–1,500,000 JPY

A Love Note, 1982

George Keyt

A Love Note, 1982

Sale Date: December 16, 2019

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Lonely Release, 1979

George Keyt

Lonely Release, 1979

Sale Date: November 14, 2019

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Female figure with sitar

George Keyt

Female figure with sitar

Sale Date: October 22, 2019

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Female Head in Profile, 1983

George Keyt

Female Head in Profile, 1983

Sale Date: October 22, 2019

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Untitled (Musicians), 1964

George Keyt

Untitled (Musicians), 1964

Sale Date: September 11, 2019

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Untitled (Dreaming In the Sun), 1936

George Keyt

Untitled (Dreaming In the Sun), 1936

Sale Date: September 11, 2019

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Untitled (Nude with Pearl Earring), 1947

George Keyt

Untitled (Nude with Pearl Earring), 1947

Sale Date: September 11, 2019

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Dancing Nude, 1987

George Keyt

Dancing Nude, 1987

Sale Date: August 11, 2019

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Two Female Figures, 1981

George Keyt

Two Female Figures, 1981

Sale Date: July 14, 2019

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Untitled, 1989

George Keyt

Untitled, 1989

Sale Date: June 13, 2019

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Dancer, 1979

George Keyt

Dancer, 1979

Sale Date: June 5, 2019

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Sarangi Player, 1946

George Keyt

Sarangi Player, 1946

Sale Date: June 10, 2019

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Untitled, 1974

George Keyt

Untitled, 1974

Sale Date: June 4, 2019

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A Couple, 1973

George Keyt

A Couple, 1973

Sale Date: May 18, 2019

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Three Figures, 1972

George Keyt

Three Figures, 1972

Sale Date: May 18, 2019

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Untitled, 1954

George Keyt

Untitled, 1954

Sale Date: June 3, 2019

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Untitled (Two Figures), 1965

George Keyt

Untitled (Two Figures), 1965

Sale Date: May 19, 2019

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LOVERS, 1987

George Keyt

LOVERS, 1987

Sale Date: April 17, 2019

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SOLITUDE, 1981

George Keyt

SOLITUDE, 1981

Sale Date: April 17, 2019

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Untitled (Nayika and The Lover), 1974

George Keyt

Untitled (Nayika and The Lover), 1974

Sale Date: March 28, 2019

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Maya and Radha, 1948

George Keyt

Maya and Radha, 1948

Sale Date: March 29, 2019

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Ratikeli, 1974

George Keyt

Ratikeli, 1974

Sale Date: March 20, 2019

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Untitled, 1963

George Keyt

Untitled, 1963

Sale Date: March 20, 2019

Auction Closed