This summer, Sotheby’s will showcase the very best of British art from the 19th and 20th centuries in the summer sales of Modern & Post-War British Art, The Colourists: Pictures from the Harrison Collection and Victorian, Howard Hodgkin: Working on Paper and Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art. Highlights include John William Waterhouse’s beautiful 1901 painting The Siren and a painting by Stanley Spencer, appearing in public for the first time in over half a century. Click ahead to see more. Modern & Post-War British Art 12 June 2018 | London The Colourists: Pictures from the Harrison Collection and Victorian 12 June 2018 | London Howard Hodgkin: Working on Paper 12 June 2018 | London Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art 12 July 2018 | London
This November the Modern & Post-War British Art (21/22 November) and Scottish Art (21 November) sales at Sotheby’s see two great artists whose careers focused on capturing the ordinary working people of Britain. Joan Eardley (1921-1963) and Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887-1976) spent their careers depicting the lives of the urban population in the poverty-stricken tenements of Glasgow, in Eardley’s case, and the industrial landscapes of Manchester in Lowry’s. Following the long tradition of Social Realism, their art examines the human condition of the working people they depict.
Ahead of the Scottish Art Sale on 21 November, Sotheby's Thomas Podd caught up with artist Jock McFadyen to talk about his career, and his work Calton Hill IV, one of the highlights from the auction. Jock McFadyen was born in Paisley in 1950 and studied at Chelsea Art School. In 1981 he was appointed Artist in Residence at the National Gallery in London. In 1991, Jock was commissioned by the Artistic Records Committee of the Imperial War Museum to record events surrounding the dismantling of the Berlin Wall and in 1992, he designed sets and costumes for Kenneth MacMillan’s The Judas Tree, Royal Opera House in 1992. It was at this point that McFadyen began to paint the full-blown, cinematic and monumental landscapes for which he is now well known. He currently lives and works in London and Edinburgh and has held over 40 solo exhibitions and his work features in public collections as well as numerous private and corporate collections in Britain and abroad.
Sotheby’s 2016 Scottish Art auction achieved £3,167,875 - the highest individual sale total in the market. Notable prices were realised for some of Scotland’s leading artists with a number of new auction records. There were also excellent results for contemporary Scottish artwork from the collection of David Bowie. Sotheby’s are the leading international auction house for Scottish Art.
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