April Art & Antiques Auction – a sunlit collection reminding us of summer

Posted in: News on April 15, 2017.

A lovely collection of light and bright European  paintings will sell in our April auction – celebrating the glorious spring weather we are currently in the midst of and those long summer days we’ve got to look forward to.

A couple of Impressionist style oils make me long for the (often oh so fleeting) August heat. Martin Gwilt Jolley’s Children in a Saint Ives Street really encapsulates that lazy haze of summer, as does (one of my favourites), a  French landscape with a figure holding an armful of hay, in the manner of Paul Cezanne.

Staying on the continent, we are particularly excited to have Claude Vernard’s La Maison aux Volets Verts in our saleroom, a small oil depicting a French town square. Vernard is famous for creating depth and rhythm in his impastoed and textured compositions. Having featured around the world in contemporary exhibitions since 1935, the artist remains an important fixture in the modern art oeuvre.

So where are you heading off to this summer? Perhaps you fancy rowing with Thomas Bush Hardy towards the cool mountains surrounding Lake Geneva, or is a Mediterranean getaway piquing your interest?

Brighten up any April shower with Marcel Gatteaux’s Country Retreat, Andalucia, and Quiet Cove, Paxos-Greece. His little pair of bright and sunny scenes will get you booking those flights before you can say ‘anyone fancy Sangria?’

This dappled summer light floods right back across the English Channel in Frederick William Elwell’s The Staircase. In this work the Royal Academician has depicted light filtering through the tall windows of a stately home hallway. You can almost imagine padding across those cool tiles, through the dusty air,  and out onto the terrace for champagne and strawberries (I wish!)

We are proud to have a strong selection of twentieth century British art in April’s sale including John Miller and Gill Watkiss. Rosie Lee’s wonderfully calming Cyclamen depicts a semi-abstracted summer garden scene in cooling blues, whites and greens with the corner of a white painted villa just hinted at in the distance.

On a completely different theme is Tate exhibited Bryan Kneale’s nude in the foetal position. We all love it here at Dawson’s, but it’s certainly a conversation piece!

With something to suit every budget, choose yourself a destination and holiday without even leaving your sofa! We look forward to seeing you on Saturday the 22nd of April, with viewing on the Thursday and Friday prior.

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