Lot 234 (Out of the Ordinary, 13th February 2018)
*Roger Birchall, after Vladimir Tretchikoff
BARONESS MARGARET THATCHER
Signed l.r., oil on board
51 x 44cm,
together with a copy of Punch magazine from 1981 (2)
This painting was commissioned by Punch magazine to be reproduced as a poster insert., The artist recounted, 'It was 1981, and I wanted to find a peaceful, humorous way of getting at the Tory PM. The visual metaphor for my reworking of Thatcher's head is that, in my opinion, she was cheap, deeply flawed and anti-intellectual. To, me, that was very much like the Tretchikoff Chinese Girl print'.
When journalists asked Tretchikoff how he felt about Birchall's 'blue lady', he said he was flattered: 'Tretchi is happy! The Chinese Girl was born in 1952 and she's still going, strong!'.
*Artist's Resale Right may apply to this lot.
Sold for £1,100