Sale: 524 / Post War / Contemporary Art II, Dec. 10. 2021 in Munich Lot 1

 

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Paul Feiler
Cornish Landscape North, 1957.
Oil on canvas
Post auction sale: € 40,000 / $ 45,200
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Cornish Landscape North. 1957.
Oil on canvas.
Bottom left barely legibly signed and dated (scratched into wet paint). Signed and dated on the reverse. 61 x 91 cm (24 x 35.8 in).

• Part of a German private collection for more than 40 years.
• In the 1950s Feiler was one of the protagonistst of the St. Ives School, of which Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson also used to be part.
• Other works from the 1950s are at, among others, Tate Britain and the British Museum in London
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PROVENANCE: Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia (acquired in 1983, Sotheby's, July 5, 1983, lot no. 272).
Private collection Rhineland Palatinate (inherited from the above).

LITERATURE: Sotheby's, London, British Impressionist and Post-Impressionist and Modern Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, July 5, 1983, lot no. 272.



Paul Feiler was born in Germany, but when the National Socialists came to power in 1933, his family sent him to the Netherlands and later to Great Britain for his secondary education. In the late 1930s he studied at the Slade School of Art in London. In 1940/41 he lived in war captivity for some time on the Isle of Man and in Canada before teaching at Eastborne College and West of England College of Art in Bristol. During a stay in Cornwall in 1949, the beauty of the Cornish landscape kicked off a whole new development in his painting. After the gestural abstractions of his early work, minimalist, highly abstract and completely abstract landscapes and pastose color surfaces in reduced colors inspired by the landscape around him emerged for the first time.
His breakthrough as an artist followed in the early 1950s: in 1953 his first solo exhibition at the Redfern Gallery in London was so successful that he was able to move to Cornwall, near Penzance, that same year. The nearby St. Ives was already an important center for modern and especially abstract painting in the 1950s, founded by the generation of artists around Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson. His first solo exhibition in the USA followed just a year later.

The work offered here bears witness to the key moment on the English west coast only a few years earlier. Like other painters working in St. Ives, Feiler found a visual language between abstract form and suggestive landscape representation with a very special aesthetic of a haptically appealing materiality of the impasto surface texture. The artist translates the majestic surroundings of the southern English landscape into his personal, painterly language of finely graduated, angular color surfaces by means of a reduced color palette and simplified forms. He paints the world exactly the way he sees and understands it - "what I felt the world around me looked like. [..] the sea and the rocks seen from a great height "(Paul Feiler, quoted from: www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/feiler-morvah-t14900).
Paul Feiler's late work from the 1970s onward bears witness to a significantly more geometric abstraction, dominated by square and rectangular shapes. As early as in 1957, the artist's work was shown in a traveling exhibition of the British Council in Milan, Melbourne, Montreal and Paris, and in 1961 his work was part of the comprehensive exhibition "British Paintings in the 1960s" at Tate Gallery. In 2005 the Tate St. Ives honored him with a comprehensive retrospective. Today Feiler is considered one of the main protagonists of the so-called St. 'Ives School'. [CH]



1
Paul Feiler
Cornish Landscape North, 1957.
Oil on canvas
Post auction sale: € 40,000 / $ 45,200
+

 

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