Study for a painting of the Steel Company of Wales, Newport, circa 1958
Framed (ref: 4013)
Oil on canvas
26 x 30 in. (66 x 76.2 cm)
Provenance: Acquired directly from the Artist's Daughter
Exhibited: - A Working Method,Young Gallery Salisbury, March- April 2016, Sotheran's, April-May 2016.
Literature: Charles Cundall - A Working Method, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, published by Liss Llewellyn Fine Art, February 2016.
According to Jackie Setter, 'In the years after the war my father was commissioned to do a lot of industrial paintings, and he was skilled at finding a good subject to paint, from what seemed initially to be rather unpromising buildings'.
'One enterprise that especially interested Cundall in the post-war years was the industrial genre of which he had produced some earlier examples. The factory, the blast furnace, the steel mill were for him an interesting variety of landscape which he approached in the same way as any other composition. He found of great value the discipline involved in making pictures out of subjects that many painters were inclined to regards as outside the scope of art. He was fortunate also in having a patron in Harold Peake, who admired his work in several aspects and was also convinced of the uses of a pictorial view of industry. .... As chairman of the Stell Company of wales, Mr Peake was able to propose that the artist should paint views of the vast undertakings that had grown up at the industrial centre of Port Talbot in Glamoranshire.....'
From William Gaunt's unpublished typescript, Charles Cundall RA, A study of his life and work.
Charles Cundall (1890-1971)
Painter, potter and stained glass artist, born in Stratford, Lancashire. After working as a designer for Pilkington's Pottery Company under Gordon Forsyth, Cundall studied at Manchester School of Art, obtaining a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, 1912. After World War I army service he returned to the Royal College in 1918, then from 1919 to 1920 attended the Slade, and furthered his studies in Paris. Cundall traveled widely in several continents and became noted for his panoramic pictures, such as Bank Holiday Brighton, in the Tate Gallery (accession no. NO4700). He was a member of NEAC, RP, RWS and other bodies and was a prolific RA exhibitor. He had first solo show at Colnaghi 1927. He was an Official War Artist in World War II, during which time he was sent to Quebec (1944). In the same year he was elected RA. His wife was the artist Jacqueline Pietersen.
His technical facility - especially when working on large panoramic canvases - was remarkable. His pictures are rich with texture, light and movement. He was equally at ease with aerial views, landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes, and was a master of crowd scenes. His work as an Official War Artist has never received the attention it merits.
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