Lot 3
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BASIL RAKOCZI | Market Day, Gorbio

5,000 - 7,000 GBP
6,250 GBP
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  • Basil Rakoczi
  • Market Day, Gorbio
  • signed l.r.: Rakoczi
  • oil on board
  • 51 by 61cm., 20 by 24in.


Collection of Jacqueline Robinson, from whom purchased by the present owner in 1991


Clandeboye, Adams, The White Stag Group, October - November 2011, no.53 (loaned by the present owner)

Catalogue Note

In the present painting Basil Rakoczi perhaps comes closest to paying homage to the English modernist Christopher Wood, whose work the artist would have been familiar with through Lucy Wertheim's exhibitions. Wood visited Brittany in 1929 and produced a celebrated series of paintings of the coastal towns and local life with his distinct aesthetic, such as Dancing Sailors, Brittany or Drying Nets, Treboul. Although the present painting is situated in the south of France, it embodies the spirit of Wood with its playful sense of movement and lively incised brushwork (compare also lot 6). It was painted after the Second World War when Rakoczi left Ireland and headed alone to France, heralding a change in style and subject-matter.