Maria della Salute, Venice
Harold Squire NEAC
Oil on panel
This is a rare early painting by founder member of The London Group who were extremely important and influential in the development of British 20th century modernist painting.
Harold Squire (1881 – 1959) was born in Valaparaiso in Chile and returned to England at the age of 10. He studied art at the Slade School and under Stanhope Forbes in Newlyn.
The London Group was set up in 1913 by thirty two artists including Robert Bevan, Henri Gaudier Brzeska, Jacob Epstein, Duncan Grant, Wyndham Lewis, Lucien Pissarro, Walter Sickert and Harold Squire with the aim of creating a powerful artist-run group to act as a counter-balance to institutions such as the Royal Academy.
(This picture was painted in the same year as the founding of the group)
He was also elected to membership of the New English Art Club in 1919.
Squire and his wife lived in Chelsea in a house they commissioned from the artist and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. In 1926 he bought Springhead in Dorset and developed the famous gardens there before this was brought to an abrupt end by financial disaster in 1930. He later built a home in Henfield in Sussex.
He exhibited : New English Art Club,
The London Group,
The Goupil Gallery.
Bibliobraphy: Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall. M. Hardie 2008
There is a minimal crack in the top right corner of the panel
Frame size 23 x 20 inches
Ref: SOLD (P1)