A rare and wonderful early master study by renowned Australian artist George Frederick Henry Bell OBE (1878-1966).
This beachscape oil painting was painted by George Bell in the Art Gallery NSW as a master study, perhaps on a student tour from the National Gallery of Victoria where Bell was studying at the time. The back of the canvas bears the National Art Gallery NSW Study stamp, which was on all canvases used by students to study master paintings in the collection.
The scene is typical of a traditional Cornish coastal painting with fish sellers on the beach, it is evident that at the early age of around 20 years old, George Bell was blossoming and well on his way to becoming a much admired Australian artist.
George Bell was born in Kew Victoria and studied at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School (1895-1903) under Frederick McCubbin and Bernard Hall before travelling and painting his way around Europe on extensive travels and exhibition dates.
In WW1 Bell became an official war artist for the Australian Forces, his major war painting ‘Battle of Hamel’ now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
George Bell established several art schools based in Victoria, becoming an advocate and founder of the Australian Modern Art Movement. He painted, exhibited and taught regulary thoughout his career, being awarded at OBE in 1966 before passing away at his home in Toorak, Victoria. His work is held in the collections of several regional galleries, and all major Australian Galleries:
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Victoria
Art Gallery NSW
Art Gallery WA
National Gallery Australia
Art Gallery South Australia
Queensland Art Gallery
Oil on canvas, signed G.B lower right, signed and dated George Bell 1898 verso, Art Gallery NSW Study stamp verso.
Professionally cleaned and ready to hang.
Measures: 51cm high, 79cm wide.
Price includes gst.