In our Art Online sale on Friday 30 June, we are pleased to bring you a variety of visual works spanning from 18th century portraiture to contemporary photography, in addition to a variety of sculpture.
Included in this sale are two collections, the first, a number of works by German-Jewish artist, Hans Feibusch who was commissioned to paint many religious murals for the Anglican Church from the 1940s onwards, all from the collection of the publisher Colin Smythe. The second, works from the collection of art collector Oskar Reinhart who donated much of his collection to the town of Winterthur in Switzerland in the 1940s, and bequeathed his home to the Swiss Confederation in 1958.
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Wilfried Buchmann, ‘Family Seated in a Rural Landscape’
From the collection of Oskar Reinhart, Lot 13 is by Swiss painter, draughtsman and graphic artist, Wilfried Buchmann (1878-1933), the work is titled ‘Family Seated in a Rural Landscape’ and carries an estimate of £600-800. Buchmann was closely associated with Impressionism in his career. He studied in Zurich, Paris and thanks to the financial support and patronage of Theodor Reinhart (Oskar Reinhart’s father) he was able to travel to Rome in 1905, where he would come into the circles of Karl Hofer, Hermann Haller, and Albert Zubler.
Buchmann’s raw and simplified aesthetic here depicts a humble, farming family, a mother and child being the focal point of the work, their connection highlighted above all. In contrast, the farming father of the family has his back to the viewer, appearing separated from his wife and child, with his left hand on a farming tool of sorts. The viewer can observe the barren landscape behind the child’s head which not only suggests their struggle as a family to work the land but creates a juxtaposition between the new life of the child and the unfertile lands around them.
Lot 13: Wilfried Buchmann (Swiss 1878-1933), Family Seated In A Rural Landscape, Oil On Canvas | Est. £600-800 (+ fees)
English School (Early 18th century), ‘Portrait of a Lady Wearing a Yellow Silk Dress
Attributed to the English School, and painted circa early 18th century, this intimate portrait (Lot 27) depicts a charming woman wearing a silk yellow dress which is complimented by her silk shawl that is draped over her left shoulder. The work itself was originally painted for an oval frame in the 18th century but has since been changed. The viewer can speculate her class and social standing via her thoughtful elegant appearance. The lady’s clothing, her pearl earrings as well as her curled, white powdered hair, which was a fashionable practice in the early 18th century Britain, implies her middle-upper class standing. The lady’s body is turned away from the viewer, but her head and eyes are turned back to a centre point, in an almost three-quarter portrait pose. This work is an interesting and intimate insight into portraiture, presentation and class in early 18th Britain, and carries an estimate of £500-£700.
Lot 27: English School (Early 18th Century), Portrait Of A Lady, Wearing A Yellow Silk Dress, In A Painted Oval, Oil On Canvas | Est. £500-700 (+ fees)
Jack Hoggan (B. 1958)(Jack Vettriano), ‘Beach Scene’
Jack Vettriano has gained a global following in the last twenty years, but was originally born Jack Hoggan in 1951 in Scotland. In his early twenties he would begin teaching himself to paint as an amateur, moving from job to job and learning from art manuals, librarys and imitation. In the late 1980s and 1990s, Vettriano would gain enthusiasm and attention from submitting works into the Royal Scottish Academy and London’s Royal Academy. He also turned to more erotic and film-noir subject matters in this time.
For this auction we have a charming, impressionist-inspired ‘Beach Scene’ (Lot 75), estimated at £600-£800 and signed ‘Hoggan’, an indicator of his early works. This work depicts a romanticised leisure time of a family on the beach from an earlier era. The previous owner of this work bought it directly from Jack Vettriano himself and lived nearby to the artist.
λ Lot 75: Jack Hoggan (B. 1951) (Jack Vettriano), Beach Scene, Ladies With Parasols And Children Playing On The Beach, Oil On Canvas-Board | Est. £600-800 (+ fees)
Peter Graham, ‘Juan Plage – La Belle Reve’
Scottish painter, Peter Graham (B. 1959) is a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He is a well-known modern colourist who has a vibrant and distinct style, perfectly demonstrated in this work, ‘Juan Plage – La Belle Reve’ (Lot 80), estimated at £500-£700. Graham often works directly from life, and paints anything from the Scottish Isles, scenes from New York and London, as well as and the harbours and cafes of French coastal towns. Graham combines controlled brushwork seen in the linear forms of the orange-hued coastal buildings with loose and thick brushstrokes that depict the calm waters, the town’s purple foliage, and tropical palm trees. Forms of figures are simplified and brief, they are lost in loose surroundings of the town and beach, Graham’s focus seems to be capturing a moment and depicting vivid feelings of these French coastal towns, originating from his ‘en plein air’ and painting from life process.
λ Lot 80: Peter Graham (Scottish B. 1959), Juan Plage - La Belle Reve, Oil On Canvas | Est. £500-700 (+ fees)
Robert Pernin, ‘Pasage Ancien’
This work by Robert Pernin (French 1895-1975), ‘Pasage Ancien’ (Lot 96) is a striking landscape of an extended countryside with classical ruins in the background and far distance of the vista. Pernin has focused heavily on texture and shadows within this work, even the unusual white fluted frame has been used to emphasise the classical ruins and draw the viewers’ glaze into the reaches of the valleys. This landscape is abstracted with colours, forms and shadows all flowing into one another in a river of fields, troughs, and mountains. This work with complimenting frame is a really unique buy, and carries an estimate of £600-£800.
λ Lot 96: Robert Pernin (French 1895-1975), Paysage Ancien, Oil On Canvas | Est. £600-800 (+ fees)