George Morland (British, 1763-1804). Even in today's art market of very depressed prices, George Morland's prices have continued to rise. I n February of this year one of his paintings sold through Heritage $10,625.00. (It was a larger piece, and we took that into consideration when we priced this.) In Sep 27, 2011 Heritage sold another Morland for $3,585.00 In 1985, one of Morland's paintings sold for over $3,100.00. His paintings hang in renowned museums world-wide, including The Met.
This well-listed 18th Century Artist's "Hanging the Laundry" immediately appealed to me for many reasons. The simple everyday life of a lady doing her chores with her toddler and dog nearby. Very sweet. Very typical of Morland's best works.
Morland's chief characteristic was that he painted the life that he knew. His pictures were of the everyday life of his time, and of the experiences of the folk with whom he mixed, depicted with purity and simplicity, and showing much direct and instinctive feeling for nature. His coloring is mellow, rich in tone, and vibrant in quality. He painted life on the high road and scenes of rural life with marvelous insight and skill. If his women are not great ladies, they still possess a charm and grace of their own.
Medium: Oil on Board
Size: 18" x 23 1/4." 25 1/4" x 30 1/4" framed in original frame.
Partial signature on lower right hand side. Comes with COA from the International Art Society, signed by George Kopel, registration number JM HK21.
At a very early age Morland produced sketches of remarkable promise, exhibiting some at the Royal Academy in 1773, when he was but ten years old. He continued to exhibit at the Free Society of Artists in 1775 and 1776, and at the Society of Artists in 1777, then at the Royal Academy in 1778, 1779 and 1780. His very earliest work, however, was produced even before that tender age, as his father kept a drawing which the boy had executed when he was but four years old, representing a coach and horses and two footmen.
He had a supreme power of observation and great executive skill, and he was able to select the vital constituents of a scene and depict even the least interesting of subjects with artistic grace and brilliant representation. His pictures are never crowded; the figures in them remarkably well composed, often so cleverly grouped as to conceal any inaccuracies of drawing, and to produce the effect of a very successful composition. As a painter of English scenes he takes the very highest position, and his work is marked by a spirit and a dash, always combined with broad, harmonious coloring. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy from 1784 down to 1804. Amongst these was the remarkable 1788 picture Excreable Human Traffic or the Affectionate Slaves. Two years later he exhibited a companion picture showing Africans caring for shipwrecked Europeans. They were subsequently published as prints and served to promote abolitionism.
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