George Leslie Hunter's £150,000 Colourist painting comes alive at Bonhams

An exceptional still life by Scottish Colourist, George Leslie Hunter (estimated at £100,000 - 150,000) is the star lot in this year's annual Bonhams Scottish sale between August 17-20.

Entitled simply, 'Still Life', it showcases the full range of Hunter's talents and features his keynote motifs of pink roses, goblet, fruit, fabric and drapery. 

"The meticulous composition is carefully worked yet retains the freshness and painterly panache evident in his best work," commented Bonhams Head of Pictures in Edinburgh, Chris Brickley.  

The sale also features a fine, 'Iona', by Samuel Peploe. Painted in 1933, it shows the Sound of Iona, looking to Mull and Ben More and is priced at between £80,000 - 100,000. 

Peploe first visited the tiny island of Iona in 1920, and later showed ten views at the celebrated 'Three Scottish Colourists' show at the Leicester Galleries in London in 1923. 

George Leslie Hunter 's Still Life, estimated at £100,000-150,000

He was much inspired by the light, white sand and pink rocks, and this larger-format oil shows the spontaneity and freshness which was more characteristic of his later landscapes.

Another perspective on Iona is offered in a work by Francis Cadell, who is credited with introducing his fellow Colourist Peploe to the island. It is estimated at between £25,000 - 35,000.

Finally, there are two paintings by Anne Redpath.  A beautiful and subtle view of Cagnes-sur-Mer on the French Riviera painted in the late 1930s (£60,000 - 80,000) is one of the artist's first major "hill town" oils, rendered in the characteristic chalky palette of the period. 

'Houses on the Lagoon, Murano' is a very late work from 1964, when according to critics, her painting achieved a purity in which form and content had become inseparable.

Bonhams' auction will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland.


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