Lot 79
  • 79


25,000 - 35,000 GBP
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  • Winifred Nicholson
  • Kate at Alerta
  • signed, titled and inscribed on labels attached to the reverse
  • oil on canvas
  • 61 by 61cm.; 24 by 24in.
  • Executed circa 1936.
Kate at Alerta, which depicts Winifred’s daughter picking flowers in a Mediterranean meadow, was painted while Winifred was staying with her friends René and Alison Leplat’s at their Villa Alerta near Cannes. In a letter home from March 1936 she wrote about painting nine pictures there: “I like the colours of things here, the indescribable blue of the heavens, the brown mountains the blue hazy mountains the mysterious shimmer grey of the olives the deep green of the pines, make true colours against which white is so beautiful one cannot think of anything more beautiful”. For other paintings made at Alerta see René’s Room (Leeds Museums and Galleries) and Villa Alerta, Near Cannes, sold in these rooms, 4th July 2001, lot 171 and for a photograph of the Villa Alerta, see Judith Collins, Tate, 1987, p.36.The first owner of the present work was the writer Richard Hughes, author of the world's first radio play and most well known for his novel A High Wind in Jamaica (1929).We are grateful to Jovan Nicholson for his kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present work and compiling the above note.


Acquired directly from the Artist by Richard Hughes and thence by descent to the present owner