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    Sale 7424

    20th Century British Art

    16 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 11

    Paul Feiler (b. 1918)

    A View of Florence

    Price Realised  

    Paul Feiler (b. 1918)
    A View of Florence
    signed 'FEILER' (lower right), signed again and inscribed 'PAUL FEILER/A VIEW OF FLORENCE' (on the reverse)
    oil on board
    28¾ x 62½ in. (73 x 160 cm.)
    Painted in 1954.


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    Whilst Feiler's work from the 1950s was predominantly based on Cornish landscapes, in 1954 the artist travelled to the Italian lakes of Gandria and Isola Bella and visited the city of Florence.

    The present view, showing the roof-tops of Florence with the instantly recognisable outline of the Duomo, is captured in the artist's bold style using a palette of strong colours with much black, highlighted with the ochre of the roof tiles. This palette is used to great effect, particularly in the broad black vertical strips to the extreme left and right of the picture plane, a compositional device which frames the view and draws the eye in.

    For further information on the artist please see the catalogue note to lot 9.

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    Provenance

    with Redfern Gallery, London.
    Acquired by the present owner in 1999.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the additional provenance for the present work:

    with Obelisk Gallery, Washington DC, 1953.


    Exhibited

    Washington D.C., Obelisk Gallery, Paul Feiler, 1954, catalogue not traced.