9 June 2006
Augustus Edwin John, O.M., R.A. (1878-1961)
L'Ermitage Sainte Anne, Martigues
signed 'John' (lower left)
oil on panel
9½ x 13 in. (24 x 33 cm.)
with Tooth's, London.
Lady Duke-Elder, London.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 19 July 1989, lot 138, where purchased by the present owner.
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Exhibition catalogue, Works by Augustus John, London, Royal Academy, 1954, p. 21, no. 231.
London, Royal Academy, Works by Augustus John, March - June 1954, no. 231.
Villa Sainte-Anne stood on a steep yellow bank overlooking a lagoon on the outskirts of Martigues and on the way to Marseilles. Augustus John and Dorelia first stayed there in 1910, after which they used it many times over the next eighteen years. The house and its location gave John inspiration and suited his and his family's way of life. In April 1910, he wrote, 'I am installed in this little house with a batch of family and hard work. The weather has been glorious and we have been out of doors all day for weeks' (see Augustus John, Michael Holroyd, 1996, p. 318).
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Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous
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