Summer Exhibition, Connaught Brown, 2 Albemarle Street, London W1, until 15th July 2017
I have selected these two images from the gallery’s very enjoyable summer show.
Chagall ‘Le Peintre au chevalet’ (1948)
The Chagall self-portrait was done in 1948 on his return to Paris after the War. The dark tones used reflect his own disquiet at returning given what had happened in France during the War. The female figure is somewhat enigmatic and is probably a representation of his wife Bella who had succumbed to illness in 1944 but it is worth remembering that he had a young lover, Virginia Haggard, with whom he set up a home just outside Paris in 1948.
The Michael Andrews picture was a study for a commission by Shell Oil. They had asked young contemporary artists and students to produce works that depicted the oil industry which were shown in the 1955 exhibition ‘The Artist’s View of an Industry’ at the Mall Galleries. Other artists included Peter Coker, Derrick Greaves and Edward Middleditch.
La régate à Henley, 1930-35 Signed lower left ‘Raoul Dufy’ Oil on canvas 25 3/8 x 31 7/8 in, 64.6 x 81 cm Courtesy Connaught Brown, London.
The exhibition Raoul Dufy: A Spectacle of Society at Connaught Brown (until 25th November 2016, www.connaughtbrown.co.uk) brings to our attention his skill in depicting society of the interwar period and how he concentrates on people as a group rather than individually thus creating a sense of joie-de-vivre that encapsulates the era perfectly.
La fenêtre, 1923 Signed lower right ‘Raoul Dufy’ Oil on canvas 36 1/4 x 28 3/4 in, 92 x 73 cm Courtesy Connaught Brown, London.
Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Les trois acrobates c.1913-14 gouache and watercolour on paper 39.4 x 31.8 cm (15½ x 12½ in.) signed ‘Chagall’ (lower right) Courtesy of Alon Zakaim Fine Art
At Alon Zakaim Fine Art you will discover Marc Chagall “Fables” (until 23rd December 2016, www.alonzakaim.com) which shows through paintings spanning over five decades how he used recurrent themes and motifs in original and eye-catching ways which still remain fresh and engrossing to this day.
Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Soleil au cheval rouge 1977 oil on canvas 88.9 x 116.2 cm (35 x 45¾ in.) signed and dated ‘Marc Chagall 1977’ (lower left); signed ‘Marc Chagall’ (on the verso) Courtesy of Alon Zakaim Fine Art
“Abstracting From Nature”, Connaught Brown, 2 Albemarle Street, London W1, until 2nd July 2016
Maurice Estève’ ‘Farfu charpentier’ (1978) signed and dated ‘Estève 78’ lower left; signed, titled and dated verso Oil on canvas 24 1/8 x 19 3/4 in, 61 x 50 cm
In post-war Paris there was a move away from the figurative and geometric abstraction to a different form of abstraction that embraced nature and this imposing show features fine examples by artists, including : Afro; Jean Arp; Jean Bazaine; Étienne Beothy; Roger Bissière; Camille Bryen; Maurice Estève; Emile Gilioli; Étienne Hajdu; Barbara Hepworth; Roger Hilton; William Johnstone; Wassily Kandinsky; André Lanskoy; Peter Lanyon; Baltasar Lobo; Alfred Manessier; Henry Moore; Antoine Poncet; Serge Poliakoff; Gérard Ernest Schneider; Mark Tobey and Maria Vieira da Silva.