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    Sale 7595

    20th Century British Art

    6 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 3

    Paul Feiler (b. 1918)

    Sea and Boats

    Price Realised  


    Paul Feiler (b. 1918)
    Sea and Boats
    signed and dated 'FEILER 58' (lower right), signed again and inscribed 'PAUL FEILER/SEA + BOATS' (on the reverse)
    oil on board
    19 x 24 in. (48.3 x 60.9 cm.)

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    As a child, Feiler spent many holidays in the Bavarian Alps; the mountain landscape, with its tricks of scale and confusing expanses of snow, had a lasting effect on his way of seeing. This uncertainty is reflected in his use of strong contrasting colours. His paintings from the mid 1950s are compositions which verge on the abstract, with heavy dark verticals obscuring and concealing the images. In a review of Feiler's third exhibition at the Redfern Gallery, Pierre Rouve commented that his paintings of this date are '[a] blend of primary force and aesthetic sophistication' (P. Rouve, Art News & Review, 13 October 1956, p. 7).

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    Acquired by the present owner's grandparents circa 1960, and by descent.