This week, the Richard Green Gallery launches a selling exhibition at 33, New Bond
Street, of paintings by Mary Fedden, entitled, ‘Summer in Winter’.
Comprised of 18 works and spanning four decades, this exhibition explores a
range of subjects including, still lifes and landscapes between 1965 and 2007.
The show opens on Wednesday, 26th of November and will run until
Tuesday, 23rd December 2014.
Mary Fedden was born in Bristol in 1915 and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art from 1932-1936. She found her own style early on, initially influenced by French and Russian modernists, including Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso and the Russian theatre designer Valdimir Polunin, who introduced a sense of drama to her work through colour and composition that would leave a lasting impression on her.
In1951, Fedden married artist Julian Trevelyan and they devoted much of the 1950s to creating art and travelling the world together. By the start of the 1960s, Fedden’s paintings took on the style for which she is best known, using pure, vibrant colours for subjects of still lifes and views of Italy and North Africa. Her work exudes carefree joy and a love of simplicity in the everyday objects that surrounded her; she carefully choreographed still life arrangements, altered perspectives in favour of flattened forms that offered decorative appeal, and chose specific colour palettes for each new painting.
From the late 50s to the mid 60s, Fedden was a tutor at the Royal College of Art where she taught David Hockney and Allen Jones. She continued to work from the studio in Hammersmith that she shared with her husband well into her nineties. Her work was touched by a unique naïveté, was playful and imaginative, and she will remain one of Britain’s best-loved artists.
Mary Fedden (1915-2012), ‘Pink Lily’, signed
and dated 1991, oil on board: 41.6 x 32.1cm
Jan Hoet, the distinguished Belgian curator, collector and museum director passed away before the opening of what was due to be his last curated exhibition, 'The Sea'. Hoet was the original owner of Gerhard Richter's 'Abstakets Bild' (716-7), to whom it was gifted by the artist and whose work forms part of the exhibition. As tribute, the Mu.ZEE (Kunstmuseum Aan Zee), Ostende, Belgium, dedicate the show to Jan Hoet under the revised title, 'The Sea: Salut d’ Honneur Jan Hoet'. Open until the 19th April 2015.
Richter draws paint across his canvases in vertical and horizontal lines using a squeegee, building overlapping layers, which produce blurred, unpredictable results of which chance plays a major role. ‘I’ve been doing the Abstract Pictures, properly so called, only since 1976, when I quite deliberately accepted the random, wilful element and painted those fairly colourful, heterogeneous pictures...this kind of painting still fascinates me today; it feels like a force of nature’ (Gerhard Richter, The Daily Practice of Painting, Writings and Interviews 1962-1993).
Born Dresden 1932
Signed, dated and numbered 716-7 / Jan Hoet gewidmet /Richter / IVI 90 on the reverse
Oil on canvas: 9 ⅞ x 14 ⅝ in / 25 x 37 cm
For their autumn showcase, the Richard Green Gallery, at 33 New Bond Street, has assembled a collection of works by Ben Nicholson (1894 – 1982), one of Britain’s leading modernist artists of the 20th century.
An intimate arrangement of 9 works, spanning forty years of Nicholson’s career, highlights a life long exploration of abstraction that began after a visit to France in 1921 when he encountered the cubism of Picasso and Braque. Having produced his first abstract paintings in 1924, the earliest painting in this collection is ‘Flowers’ (1928) and the latest ‘1967-8 (relief)’, which demonstrate the artist’s progression from loose abstractions and collage to abstract relief paintings. Throughout, the artist maintains a balanced link between abstraction, use of colour, and illusions of pictorial space.
Ben Nicholson (1894 – 1892)
1932 – 37 (Still life – Punch and Judy show)
Signed and dated Ben Nicholson / 1932 – 37 on the overlap and on the reverse, oil on canvas
27 ¾ x 31 in / 75.6 x 83.8 cm
Entering the spirit of Frieze Masters with
its dual emphasis on Old Master
paintings and Modern art, the Richard Green Gallery will display some
fascinating art, which span the centuries. This selection celebrates Frieze
Masters basic concept that great works of modern and contemporary art are
informed by their understanding of the past. As such, there will be some interesting juxtapositions
A painting of Mary Magdalene by the Master of the Female Half Lengths
who flourished in Antwerp during the first half of the sixteenth century,
shares a certain tenderness with Leon Kossoff’s ‘Small Head of Rosalind II’
painted 460 years later. Henry Moore’s watercolour and crayon drawing of a
seated family group bears a formal relationship to Dirck Hals’ 17th century
group of music makers.
Life and colour emanate from a floral still life by Jacob van
Walscapelle, c 1675-79, just as it does in Samuel John Peploe’s 1920s painting
of roses and oranges.
There is something completely harmonious between a 17th century
still life composition of Hubert van Ravestyn and an abstract still life by Ben
Nicholson in the 1930s, just as there is between an 18th century Venetian Canal
scene by Michele Marieschi and a busy industrial river scene by LS Lowry in
Did the modern artists look at the Old Masters?
Undoubtedly. That Monet and the Impressionists were influenced by JMW Turner is
brought home by a comparison of Claude Monet’s atmospheric view of the Normandy
coastline in 1882 with Turner’s awe inspiring landscape that engulfs the ruined
Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire in 1824. The overriding meaning of these
juxtapositions is that the qualities of good painting are timeless; they do not
Richard Green is proud to announce that the Cincinnati Art Museum has acquired from the gallery the magnificent Portrait of Sir James and Lady Hodges, their sons John, James and Henry, and their daughters Mary and Elizabeth (The Hodges Family) by Nathaniel Dance.
This important group portrait was painted circa 1766, after Dance (1735-1811) returned from Rome where he worked as an assistant of Pompeo Batoni, and is a major addition to the museum’s European paintings collection. It had been in the Hodges family for more than two centuries and is in exceptional condition. The Curator of European Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, Dr Esther Bell, who championed the acquisition, points to the virtuoso handling of paint, the dynamic composition, and the handsome sophistication with which Dance imbued the sitters.
Now on view at the Cincinnati Art Museum: Portrait of Sir James and Lady Hodges, their sons John, James and Henry, and their daughters Mary and Elizabeth by Nathaniel Dance (Oil on canvas, 56¼ x 61¼ in / 143 x 155.5 cm; circa 1766)
Commissioned by Sir James and Lady Hodges;
bequeathed by Lady Hodges in her Will of 26th July 1784 (proved 6th August 1787) to her daughter Elizabeth;
by inheritance to her niece Mary Hodges (c.1738-1831), daughter of Rev. Henry Hodges, who married secondly, in 1785, Sir Peter Nugent, subsequently 2nd Bt. (c.1745-1799) of Donore, Co. Westmeath;
by descent in the Nugent family
Corey Piper, ‘A contribution to the iconography of Maria Walpole (1736-1807): a portrait by Nathaniel Dance (1748-1827)’, The British Art Journal, vol. XII, no.2, Autumn 2011, pp.9-10, illus. in colour
Three of the greatest Impressionist painters, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley, are at the heart of Richard Green’s latest exhibition at 147 New Bond Street, The Spirit of Impressionism (until 14 December 2013). This is a kaleidoscopic look at the best known of all art movements, from its early intimations in the beach scenes of Eugene Boudin through to its Post-Impressionist manifestations in the breezy seascapes of Raoul Dufy in the 1930s.
All but one of the artists in the catalogue is French and they painted portraits and still lifes, but the dominant genre is landscape. Some toured constantly in search of new motifs, others like Alfred Sisley in Moret-sur-Long and Henri Le Sidaner in Gerberoy drew inspiration from the familiar scenes around the domestic paradises they had constructed.
The Spirit of Impressionism is the first exhibition at the gallery since its recent refurbishment. The experience of visitors to this distinguished 18th-century building that was once the home of Lord Nelson has been enhanced by the changes made by interior decorator Philip Hooper of Colefax & Fowler working with the Green family. “We wanted a classical ethos with a contemporary twist,” says Jonathan Green, Deputy Executive Chairman. The way that paintings are hung takes inspiration “from the way that our collectors live with their pictures”.
PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR: Jeune fille au chapeau de paille
Signed upper right: Renoir. Oil on canvas, 12 x 7 7/8 in / 30.5 x 20 cm
A collection of thirteen oil paintings by the Modern British artist Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979) has opened this week at the Richard Green gallery, 33 New Bond Street (until 14 December 2013). This exhibition focuses mainly on the inimitable, elongated landscapes for which he is best known, but also includes three rare nudes and two still lifes, examples of which are dated 1932 and 1975, the earliest and latest works in the exhibition.
A Standing Jar of Flowers
Signed and dated lower right: Hitchens 75
Oil on canvas, 25 1/2 x 34 3/4 in / 64.8 x 88.3 cm
Richard Green Gallery is proud to be a Supporter of Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life at Tate Britain (until 20 October 2013).
The exhibition is curated by the historians and writers T.J. Clark and Anne M. Wagner, together with Helen Little from Tate. They situate Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887-1976) – renowned as a painter of Northern and industrial English life – in an international historical context by placing his work alongside examples by European painters of ‘modern life’, including Van Gogh and Utrillo.
There are more than 80 works on view, including the 23 pieces by L.S. Lowry owned by Tate and loans from museums and collections, including works secured by the Richard Green Gallery.
This long-awaited museum exhibition has sold more advance tickets online than any previous Tate show.
To book, visit www.tate.org.uk
Above, currently on view at Richard Green, 33 New Bond Street, London W1:
'Figures by a lamppost' by L.S. Lowry, signed (lower left) and dated 1966 (lower right)
Oil on board, 6.5 x 6 in.
The early life of the British painter Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) is the subject of a new feature film, Summer in February, released on 14 June, based on the novel by Jonathan Smith and starring Dominic Cooper as the artist.
The actor is pictured here at Richard Green’s recent exhibition of Munnings’ work with art historian Susan Morris, who wrote the catalogue. They are standing in front of Tagg’s Island, on loan to the exhibition from the Sir Alfred Munnings Museum, Dedham.
As part of the celebrations to mark one hundred years of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show this year (20-24 May 2013), Professor Ken Howard was commissioned by lead sponsors M&G Investments to paint their garden, ‘Windows Through Time’, which went on to win a gold medal.
For three mornings Ken Howard was at his easel in the garden from 6am until 8am when the gates opened and the visitors took over. “That early there was a lovely silvery light and only the workers were around. One man said, ‘I look at it every day and it’s as if the garden is growing on the canvas’ – and that’s exactly what it felt like.”
Ken Howard painting in the Windows Through Time garden, photographed by Matthew Lloyd/M&G.