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HAYWARD VEAL (1913-1968) Australian impressionist art still life painting
Oil on canvas painting, 24" by 11 3/4", unframed,by the well known Australian impressionist, HAYWARD VEAL (1913-1968). This is a quickly painted floral still life. the principal colors blue and yellow. Veal's works appear frequently at auctions of Australian art, where they can bring to the $5,000 area and above. He is known for his highly impressionistic landscapes and still life, with portraiture rounding out his body of work. Some paintings are so impressionistic that one must stand back a ways to understand the composition. Veal accomplished much in a relatively short life. Born in the state of Victoria, Australia, he received art training from Max Meldrum. By age 24 he had already had his first solo exhibition, and he soon became a teacher himself, as well as, for many years, art critic and overall familiar persona on the Australian contemporary art stage. In 1951 he moved to London, where he evidently became quite comfortable, moving to Surrey and starting a family. Solo exhibitions followed in 1962 in New York, and then, Rome in 1965. Just when he had his first solo Australian exhibition, he passed on, in only his mid fifties. Veal's works are held in numerous museums in Australia and abroad. The painting is not signed on the front. "Hayward Veal" is written on the reverse of the canvas, but not necessarily by the artist himself. A yellowing piece of paper typed on a circa 1960's typewriter gives a short biography of the artist, the title "BOUQUET", and the original $60 price. On the stretcher in ball point is written "1961 or 1962". This work was acquired along with another work by the artist in my shop, that one signed.
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