"Still Life with Skull" ~ Bohumil Kubišta, 1912.
(Czech, 1884-1918), Oil, 87 x 67 cm.
Bohumil Kubišta (1884–1918) was a Czech painter and art critic, one of the founders of Czech modern painting. He studied at the School of Applied Arts in Prague, but left in 1906 to study at the Reale Istituto di Belle Arti in Florence. With Emil Filla, Antonín Procházka and five others he founded “Osma” (The Eight), an Expressionist-oriented group of artists.
Kubišta came to his individual expression gradually, at first he was influenced by the work of Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. He educated himself in philosophy and optics, and studied colour and the geometrical construction of painting.
"Still Life with Fruit" ~ Moise Kisling, 1913.
Moise Kisling (b. Krakow, Poland, 22 Jan 1891; d. Sanary, France, 29 April 1953) was a French painter of Polish birth. He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Krakow, where his teachers included Jozef Pankiewicz, a fervent admirer of Auguste Renoir and the French Impressionists, who encouraged him to go to Paris. He arrived there in 1910, frequented Montmartre and Montparnasse, and soon became acquainted with Amedeo Modigliani, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Max Jacob, André Salmon and Chaďm Soutine. For a short time he lived in the Bateau-Lavoir in Montmartre and in 1911-12 spent nearly a year at Céret. In 1913 he took a studio in Montparnasse, where he lived for the next 27 years; Jules Pascin and later Modigliani lived in the same building. On the outbreak of World War I he volunteered for service in the French Foreign Legion, and in 1915 he was seriously wounded in the Battle of the Somme, for which he was awarded French nationality.
"The Pattern Tablecloth" ~ Philip Sutton, 1971.
Oil on canvas, 102 x 102cm (40 3/16 x 40 3/16in).
The artist and graphic illustrator Philip Sutton has exhibited widely in London since the 1950s. As well as paintings and illustrations he has produced ceramics and textiles. His work is characterised by strong, bright colour and an expansive drawing style. Sutton taught at the Slade School of Art from 1954 to 1963, before travelling to Australia and Fiji to paint. In 1987 he designed a set of commemorative stamps for the Post Office. His work is held by a number of galleries including the Tate, and in the Arts Council collection.
"Still-life with Tools" ~ Albert Renger-Patzsh, 1905.
"White Poppies" ~ Hazel Nagl.
Hazel Nagl is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art, where she studied Drawing and Painting. Following graduation, she lived and worked at the Art School’s workshop at Culzean Castle where she developed an interest in landscape painting in response to the varied and dramatic surroundings. She is widely known for her still life and landscape paintings, her preoccupations being imparting a sense of space and light and an expressive impulse. She handles watercolour superbly, layering veils of translucent colour through her work.
"The Orange Vase" ~ Millie Greene.
Millie Greene was born in New York, now residing in Santa Monica, CA, where she is currently teaching. An oil painter of many subjects, she is well known for her vibrant florals and still-life works, as well as portraiture.
Recollect ~ Winifred Nicholson, 1973.
Winifred Nicholson (1893–1981) was an English painter, a colourist who developed a personalized impressionistic style that concentrated on domestic subjects and land-
scapes. In her work, the two motifs are often combined in a view out of a window, featuring flowers in a vase or a jug.
Nicholson married the artist Ben Nicholson in 1920. Although she painted less in the abstract style than in the representational, she did experiment with her own form of abstraction in the 1930s. Influences between her and Ben were mutual, Ben often admitting he learned much about colour from his first wife. After they separated, she lived half of each year during the 1930s in Paris.
"Two Tin Jugs" ~ Geoffrey Robinson.
Geoffrey Robinson is an inventive image maker who, using still life as the main vehicle of expression, introduces imagination and a colourful verve into a well-trodden area of modern painting. The influence, or rather inspiration, of William Scott, Ben Nicholson and Mary Fedden is one reason for his recent success; but without his quite different innovations and interpretations the flattened perspectives and soft anglicised cubism of their work would result in no more than an appealing mannerism.
"Books" ~ Kenneth Stubbs, 1959,
Casein on board, 9 1/4” x 15 1/2”.
Kenneth Stubbs (1907-1967) born in Ochlocknee, Georgia, USA, was a lifelong artist who began molding figures from Georgia clay in his early childhood. Stubbs was strongly influenced by the Modernists in his late teens and twenties, then particularly by Cubists including Juan Gris and Georges Braque. He had a deep interest in the “Golden Section” as the ideal proportion and devoted himself to analyzing its use by the masters through the centuries, and to applying it to his own compositions. His paintings focused also on conveying a sense of motion in paintings characterized by Cubist representation, largely with straight lines and color.