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The past as a foreign country: Peter Kinley’s early life

‘I have often talked about art as one way of surviving… of making life possible.’

Peter Kinley had a sharp eye and excellent recall. He did not talk much publicly about his past and just as the cryptic economy of his paintings discouraged anecdote, his fluent and accent-less English and a certain diffidence effectively screened his early history.

Peter Kinley was born Peter Nikolaus Arthur Eduard Schwarz into a cultured and artistic Viennese family on 16 July 1926 . His Austrian father, Arthur, a company auditor and later, the director of a private bank, had married Lydia Schroeder, who was German, in 1925. Arthur had served in the Austrian ar...

Sunset - Peter Kinley

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OSBORNE SAMUEL GALLERY is one of London’s leading galleries, long established in the heart of Mayfair. The gallery began as Berkeley Square Gallery and became Osborne Samuel when Peter Osborne and Gordon Samuel joined forces. The gallery specialises in Modern British Painting and Sculpture and has a high reputation for the quality of its exhibitions and publications. Expand...

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