Lot 112
  • 112

Paul Feiler

30,000 - 50,000 GBP
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  • Paul Feiler
  • Evening Harbour, Cornwall
  • signed and dated '53; also signed, titled and inscribed on the reverse
  • oil on board
  • 49.5 by 91cm.; 19½ by 35¾in.


Cork Street Gallery, London, where acquired by Mrs Hetherington, 21st October 1968
Her sale, Bonhams London, 8th November 2007, lot 138

Catalogue Note

Paul Feiler visited Cornwall for the first time in 1949 and four years later had decided to settle there permanently. Just as the mountains of Germany had fascinated him as a child, the drama of the Atlantic coastline of West Penwith, its light and landscape made a connection with Feiler that was to have a profound effect on the course of his painting. Like many of his fellow artists associated with St Ives, Feiler's interest was not in views but in creating a response to the experience of the landscape. Inspired by natural forms and drawing on external sources, his work during the early 1950s became increasingly abstract as he developed a means of rendering his environment in pictorial terms within a peculiarly Cornish palette of whites and blues, slate greys and bracken browns. In these early works, we also see Feiler beginning to explore the dichotomous concerns that have become a hallmark of his painting ever since - light against shadow, solids against fluids, geometric against organic forms, soft edges against sharp, the imagined against the real.

Feiler's paintings of the early Cornish period were first exhibited at the Redfern Gallery in 1953, the date of the present work, and were received to great acclaim with every work selling, including one to the Arts Council Collection.