We are pleased to tell you that we are participating at a new art fair to us. This is LAPADA (Association of Art & Antique Dealers) Art & Antiques Fair on Berkeley Square during 13-18th September 2016, a very prestigious event. Alongside fine art there will be period furniture, clocks, jewellery, decorative items, silver and pottery from all over the world. This is a quite a challenge to match but the Boundary Gallery always likes a challenge.
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The jewel in the crown will be Mark Gertler’s Ballet Dancers. This charcoal drawing was inspired by the Diaghilev Ballets Russes returning to London at the beginning of Autumn 1918. Clive Bell considered this superior to the painting for which this was a study. The work was bought by Roger Fry in November 1918. The Boundary Gallery acquired this work from a private collection over fifteen years ago.
Dancer Resting by Jacob Kramer is another image inspired by ballet. It is beautifully executed testifying to his power of observation and his great ability to handle pastel. Its date is 1920 and is signed.
Another highlight is a drawing, Woman Resting by Bernard Meninsky, c1922 featuring a beautiful young woman. He captured that wonderful moment in repose and his masterly draughtsmanship comes across clearly.
Added to this will be another work on paper also by Meninisky, Pastoral 18. It was produced after the war years, an evocation of a pastoral golden age, inspired perhaps by Picasso whose monumental paintings of figures of the 1920s had a great influence on the artist. His use of motifs and mannerisms provided an end result which is extremely distinctive, an Arcadian idyll.
Although he was influenced by other artists, Meninsky “transmuted elements in such a way that what is left comes over as pure Meninsky” (J Russell Taylor, Bernard Meninsky, Redcliffe Press 1990, p101.)
Epstein’s First Portrait of Kathleen was executed in 1921 – the year they met and one can tell from the work how much he was in love with her. There are two ways of displaying the work: by tipping it forward, one can see a soulful expression; when tipped backwards, Kathleen comes across, not only as a beautiful woman, but as someone full of optimism. One cast is in the Tate Collection, another at the Manchester Contemporary Art Gallery and one in Walsall’s Garman-Ryan Collection. This is the first of seven portraits Epstein did of Kathleen.
Josef Herman’s painting, View from Ystradglynlais Bridge, was done during the years in Ystradglynlais. Its glowing orange means that it is an early one, during the 1940s. It shows two figures by the bridge over the Ystrad river, very close to his house where he painted it. Its twin painting, identical in size, with a similar scene, is in the collection of the Brecknock Museum.
Bomberg’s Summer Flowers was painted after his period in the underground bomb Store in 1942. Work was difficult to get and at his wife’s suggestion, Bomberg turned to a subject , which he had worked on briefly in 1937, the Flower Paintings. Described as “veritable explosion in oil colour” his flower paintings were large and ……” resonating portrayals of exotic and vivacious brushwork, such as found in Summer Flowers”. It is illustrated opposite page 96, plate X (William Lipke, David Bomberg – a Critical study of his Life and work, Evelyn Adams & MacKay, 1967).
We shall also display several other works by our stable of artists, including Prendegast, Brodzky, Bomberg pupils (Miles Richmond & Dorothy Mead).
For further enquiries please do not hesitate to contact us.
We look forward to seeing you at the fair on stand B27. Free tickets are available online.