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VARIOUS PROPERTIES

Philip Wilson Steer
1860-1942
THE PILLOW FIGHT
Estimate
20,00030,000
JUMP TO LOT
25

VARIOUS PROPERTIES

Philip Wilson Steer
1860-1942
THE PILLOW FIGHT
Estimate
20,00030,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Philip Wilson Steer
1860-1942
1860 - 1942
THE PILLOW FIGHT

Provenance

Sir C. K. Butler
G.J. Scaramanga
Arthur Tooth & Son, London
Joseph Sutherland

Exhibited

London, Barbizon House, 1937 (as 'Frolic').


 

Literature

D.S. MacColl, Life, Work and Setting of Philip Wilson Steer, Faber and Faber, London, 1945, pp. 108 and 101, illustrated 37a;
Bruce Laughton, Philip Wilson Steer, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1971, no.185, pp.70-1, 75, 137, illustrated plate 118.

Catalogue Note

Painted in 1896. The artist's great friend and biographer, D.S. MacColl recounted how he had sent Steer a reproduction of Fragonard’s La Culbute as 'an incentive' (op.cit.) and which he believed to be the inspiration for The Pillow Fight. Certainly the subject and setting of this work is unusual for Steer and would suggest the influence of Fragonard's amorous themes. McColl regretted, that  Steer, 'cautious husbander of his energies that he was, never repeated the freedom of his promising romp' (op.cit.).

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