• Victorian and British Impressi auction at Christies

    Sale 5881

    Victorian and British Impressionist Pictures including Drawings and Watercolours

    18 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 53

    Phillip Wilson Steer, 0.M., N.E.A.C. (1860-1942)

    Interior with maid carrying a tray: Montreuil-sur-Mer, 1907

    Price Realised  

    Phillip Wilson Steer, 0.M., N.E.A.C. (1860-1942)
    Interior with maid carrying a tray: Montreuil-sur-Mer, 1907
    indistinctly signed 'PW Steer' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    24 x 19¾ in. (61 x 50.2 cm.)


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    Philip Wilson Steer was one of the few British artists at the end of the 19th Century who looked directly to France and the French Impressionists for his inspiration. He studied in Paris at the Académie Des Beaux-Artes and later visited the Continent and painted there. He is widely regarded as the foremost British Impressionist painter and together with Walter Sickert was a leader of the New English Art Club. This work, painted at Montreuil-sur-Mer, which Steer visited on several occasions, shows the interior of the house where Steer stayed. A work sold by Christie's in 2006 depicts the exterior of the house (Figures in a courtyard, Montreuil-sur-Mer Lot 254 sold for £36,000 on 22nd November 2006). Again in this picture we see Steer using the very thick impasto which characterized this phase in his career.

    We are grateful to Bruce Laughton for his assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.

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    Provenance

    Christie's, London; Pictures and water-colour drawings also books and Japanese prints the property of the late P. Wilson Steer, Esq. O.M., removed from 109, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, 16 and 17 July 1942, lot 159 (sold for £21.0.0 to Lessore)
    with The Adams Gallery.


    Literature

    Bruce Laughton, Philip Wilson Steer Catalogue No. 403 (p.146).