The Dulwich Picture Gallery's exhibition 'British Surrealism', transferred online in a virtual format due to Covid-19 public health measures (a surreal experience in itself), has provided an opportunity to celebrate the British Surrealists, and the influence of British Surrealism on artists and artworks here at Philip Mould & Company.
The paintings of John Nash exert a subtle fascination. Start looking, and you will notice more. Rhythms pulse across his compositions. Strange geometries are revealed by the simplification of landscape. Trees, whiskery or stout-trunked, form lattices against the light. John Nash: Artist and Countryman, the most comprehensive single-volume monograph on Nash to date, is a magnificent exploration of one artist's dedication to landscape, and to what it means to be alive in nature.
One of the most celebrated artists of the twentieth century, Ben Nicholson's abstraction is as puzzling and mysterious as it is inviting. His austere geometric drawings, paintings and reliefs were indeed among the most influential abstract works in British art, and September 1961, currently with Philip Mould & Company, is no exception.
As plans to travel overseas feel increasingly precarious, how can we achieve that sense of respite and valuable restoration to which a summertime sojourn abroad might have occasionally been the answer?
There is certainly a sense of solace to be sought in the explorative paintings created by Sir Cedric Lockwood Morris on his excursions abroad. These images, which form their own body within Morris' oeuvre, offer an insight into his perception of his surroundings, the habitats, objects, and environments that fascinated him on his countless trips abroad. To see a curated selection of these paintings, visit our past exhibition page Beyond the Garden Wall.
Céline Cachaud considers an unusual and beautiful genre of painting and frame.
In 2009, the Amis du musée du Louvre helped the French museum to acquire one of the most delicate, rare and precious objects ever created : a miniature portrait in enamel depicting Louis XIV, in its original jewelled setting, also called a 'boîte à portrait'. The acquisition of this miniature, the third in a museum worldwide, and the publication in 2015 of a study of portrait and setting, shed light on the long-vanished royal custom of bestowing as gifts these grand-luxe miniature boxes enclosing the monarch's portrait; they were indeed truly regal, uniting diamonds, friendship and power. Let's look more closely at these 'boîtes à portraits', and their origins and development throughout 17th century Europe.
Philip explores the fascinating research which gave rise to a warming discovery regarding this painting of a barn interior by Duncan Grant. This atmospheric study, painted during the Second World War, is one of the largest paintings undertaken by Grant at this date and allows a fascinating glimpse into life at Charleston during the wartime years.
Maria Verelst was one of the most talented female immigrant artists of the late Stuart/early Georgian era and the present work is an important addition to her much neglected oeuvre. The present work is a recently discovered version of the painting of Anne Blackett by Verelst at Wallington Hall, Northumberland. This portrait displays Verelst's masterful combination of elegant grandeur and refined form.
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