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Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. (1878-1959)
Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. (1878-1959)
Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. (1878-1959)
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Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. (1878-1959)

Norwich Flower Market

Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. (1878-1959)
Norwich Flower Market
signed and dated 'A.J. MUNNINGS/1909' (lower left)
oil on canvas
17 1/8 x 21 in. (43.5 x 53.4 cm.)
Painted in 1909.
Purchased from the artist in 1909 for 25 gns, and thence by descent until sold,
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 11 November 1987, lot 37, where acquired for the present collection.
King's Lynn, King's Lynn Art Gallery, Loan exhibition, 1909, no. 266.
London, Sotheby's, An English Idyll: A loan exhibition of works by Sir Alfred Munnings, 5 - 25 January 2001, no. 17.
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Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.

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Lot Essay

Throughout his career Munnings drew inspiration from the world around him. His early works focused on everyday scenes of life in rural Norfolk at the turn of the century. Although horse fairs and farm sales dominate his work at this date, in Norwich Flower Market Munnings has turned the focus on a flower seller and his wares.

Drawing inspiration from artists such as Jean-François Millet and George Clausen Munnings has captured a rural labourer hard at work. The eye is drawn to the brilliant white clusters of flowers in the foreground, which contrast with the man’s brown fustian clothes. Beyond stands his donkey and cart, painted in precise detail by Munnings, surrounded by vivid flowers of every hue, captured in short brushstrokes laden with paint. Painted after Munnings’s sojurn in Paris, Norwich Flower Market, clearly demonstrates the influence of the Impressionists on his technique and choice of composition. The picture is a celebration of the quotidian, elevated into art in a glorious riot of colour.

We are grateful to the Curatorial staff at The Munnings Art Museum for their assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.
This work will be included in Tradition and Modernity: the Works of Sir Alfred Munnings by Lorian Peralta-Ramos to be published 2022.

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